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A Poem by Gene O. Tyburn


A SOLDIER’S LETTER

DEAR MOM AND DAD
THEY SENT ME TO IRAQ TO FIGHT
BUT SOMETHIN ABOUT THIS JUST AIN’T RIGHT.
HERE I AM IN A BULLET PROOF VEST
JUST HOPE IT COVERS MY BEATINCHEST

HOW DID AMERICA GET THIS WAY?
LYINSEEMS TO RULE THE DAY.
THEY SAY WERE HERE FOR DEMOCRACY
BUT IT SURE LOOKS LIKE DUPLICITY.

THEYRE SENT OUT HERE ON A BAREFACED LIE
AND THEY VOTE HIM BACK, CAN YOU TELL ME WHY?
HOW DID AMERICA GET THIS WAY?
IT’S TELLINLIES SEEMS TO RULE THE DAY.

ARE THE FOLKS BACK HOME ALL FAST ASLEEP
AS WE BLEED AND DIE ON THESE HERE STREETS?
IF HUSSEIN WAS SO DAMBAD BEFORE
WHY’D WE GIVE HIM ALL THESE GUNS GALORE?

WERE TOLD WERE HEROES AND HERE TO SAVEEM
WHILE THEYRE BLOWINUS UP WITH THE BOMBS WE GAVEEM.
HOW DID AMERICA GET THIS WAY?
IT’S LYINSEEMS TO RULE THE DAY.

CAN WE SHOVE DEMOCRACY DOWN THEIR THROAT?
WILL THEY ALL LOVE EACH OTHER WHEN THEY GET THE VOTE?
FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, IT’S A NO WIN HAND
WALKINTHESE STREETS IN THE BLOWINSAND.

TWO THOUSAND OF US HAVE BIT THE DUST
FOR A GOVERNMENT WE NO LONGER TRUST.
WHERE’S ALL THIS DYINGONNA WIND UP?
IT AIN’T WHAT THEY TOLD ME WHEN I SIGNED UP.

OUR TROOPS ARE GETTINMIGHTY THIN
FIGHTIN’ A WAR WE CAN’T SEEM TO WIN.
IT’S NOT VIETNAM, THE GENERALS SAY -
WE CAN WIN THIS ONE IF WERE WILLINTO STAY.

BUT IT’S OUR RED BLOOD THAT SOAKS THE SOIL
SO THE FAT CATS AT HOME CAN DRILL FOR OIL.
LOVE FROM YOUR SON HERE IN IRAQ.
IT’S MY SECOND TOUR WILL I EVER GET BACK?

-Gene O. Tyburn



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