Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Socialist Stanza No. 1

The Conscript


He nearly always switched channels

When it was time for the news,

Decidedly unaffected

By the war they must not lose.


After all there’s beer and fashion

For a lad not yet a man,

Girls, and video games to play,

A future without a plan,


A course for him to be chosen;

It’s enough to be alive,

Not thinking of tomorrow; then

The call up papers arrive.


A few weeks initial training,

Swapping fashion for fatigues,

While men in braid and business suits

Pursue self-serving intrigues.


The front line must push on forwards,

So the lad is quickly led

To the heroic offensive

And yet still a lad, is dead.


D. A.

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