Old Soldiers Never Die,

 

and they do not fade away.

When Eisenhower told us to beware

I was too young to listen.

I am listening now.  It is that damn

youthful illusion thing securing mothers

for the race.  It doesn’t

just work for mothers.

 

Old soldiers never die,

and they do not fade away.  Mathis

told the truth when he is quoted

as saying something like

“You know what I use to do

for a living, right?”  We sometimes

have to become the very people

we fight to defeat them.

 

Old soldiers never die,

and they do not fade away.

Sometimes a useful idiot is

a spoiled brat too broken to be

of much use anymore.  They do not

put away childish things.  They

have not learned charity.

“When they hire yes men,

they will be impeached.”

 

Old soldiers never die,

and they do not fade away.  When

you wake up from your mother’s

womb into the nightmare all

you can see is darkly.  But

even mothers in their loss of

self-­defense can ask, “What

have they done?” before they

wade out into the water.

 

Old soldiers never die,

and they do not fade away.  When

climbing into flak to fight

for a just cause, or waiting

for the bombs to hit, a good

book is hard to get

into, even The Good Book.

You know when you are the tiny

belly-gunner you are open

to concussion and shrapnel.

Warrior scholars are fatalists

like that.

 

 

 

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About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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