Black boots tied tight at the lace Silent complacency is given hard chase Crowd of civilians, en mass, cheer with voices elated National anthem echoes from voices congregated Any good man worth his salt will stand tall and sign up For the nation which birthed him and gave its love
Streets full of young men are seduced With minds for glory, so quick to rid their youths While the girls are picking out wedding dresses to wear The boys size on their uniforms, and cut off their hair Maybe they will have songs written about their courage And their names will live on, to forever flourish
Rifles signify manhood, tucked under obedient arms Fight for Queen, for country, for the greater good of God Tossed about like rag dolls, but what do these phrases really mean When the trenches are filling up as your patriot brothers bleed?
Were a few plots of land worth their fragile lives Was it worth it that a general chose when they'd die?
Fields of gold become graveyards of red For years the continental meat grinder is fed Crowds of weeping mourners, en mass, cry for their late ill-fated As stone angels stare with war-hardened eyes, dilated
The world soon to burn like the ember of a cigarette The bloody first chapter opens to the cruel second Though most regrettable, the world meets the inevitable Hell and consequence
With a few near-subliminal phrases, you caught the atmosphere of each stage, Max. My dad told me about seduced young men, who enlisted under-age and without required parental consent: the military didn't care so long as boots were filled and the bodies prepared to die or be maimed. "Were a few plots of land worth their fragile lives Was it worth it that a general chose when they'd die?" "Hell and consequence". It's a very large price to pay for dirt (or oil). Exalt! H x
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." ~ Albert Einstein
Post by apocalypticjay on Sept 16, 2009 8:03:06 GMT -5
I have read a book called Lost Voices about WWI and how children as young as 12 were enticed into the Army, but not just that some wanted to serve for their country which was hard for me to process, I think you gather thoughts and feeling brilliantly about both Wars here my friend a constant pleasure to read even with such a serious and somber write. Reminded me of Band of Brothers too, great writing!
I see in this the endless unquenchable lust for the blood of men all in the name of Patriotism to one's country. Many are forced to sign up for lack of work, pride, honor. Yes, many are seduced to kill another human being all dressed up in the name of Duty. I was in the military myself. I know both sides. Well written.