Cry, the beloved country...

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What is it to die for ones country and what of the loved ones left behind?

boots — recruits
fall in — fall out
battle — rattle
jarhead — beachhead
improvise — overcome — adapt
missions — mines
briefing — debriefing
rest — refit
FNG's — NVG's

checkpoint — charlie
in the shit — in the suck
incoming — incendiary
cocked - locked
bogies — bombs
fire — fight
GET SOME!

snoop — poop
clear — charge — fire — weapon
shoot - scoot
celere - silens - mortalis
danger — close
foxhole - sox hole
ricochet — recoil
take cover — motherfucker

ROGER-FUCKING-THAT!
IED — IV
"MOM!" — "DAD!"
smell — hell
QRF — imminent death
DZ — LZ
medevac — casevac

clusterfuck — goatfuck
runnin' — gunnin'
react to fear — clear to respond
vicious — violent
deliberate — death

dog tag
toe tag
body bag
flag

return
with honor
without life
dulce et decorum
est pro patria
mori

what do
his kith and kin
his band of brothers
loved and hated
ones alike
who are
left behind
think
feel
believe
harbor

who will heal
their hurt
heart
hear their horror
once the honor
guard fired
its last
one-by-seven
volley
present harms
FIRE!

and the last
haunting note
of taps

that bitter-sweet
pensive tune
fades
fades away
forever

is patriotism
just for...
holidays
barbeques
ballgames
anymore

somewhere
there is
an endless river
of endless tears
posthumously shed
for heroes
one for all
as all for one

cry
cry
the beloved country.

friedrich manfred simon – kaput gerat lupinum – 2011
dichter — denker — dreher
kaput@kaputgeratlupinum.com

https://kaputgeratlupinum.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/cry-the-beloved-country/

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