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Remembrance Sunday [Nov. 11th, 2007|11:04 am]
Tony Grist
This poem was written six years ago during the opening phase of the war against the Taliban.

NOT IN  KANSAS

 

Smart bombs are only as smart

As whoever it is who reads the maps.

(A sharp left here...no...right...no…left..

Oh bugger!) Is there footage somewhere-

Not to be aired for fifty years-

Of people dragging body parts

Of people whom we’re not at war with

Out of the homes we didn’t intend

To flatten? There’s a fleeting glimpse

In one of John Huston’s little films

About the battle for Italy

Of the sort of thing they’re doing now

In Afghanistan: some gentle soldiers

Ease a corpse from a sump of rubble

As if they were helping a stiff-armed granny

Get out of bed. The three star, two star,

One star generals wanted that movie

Shelved. “ The assholes,” Huston said.

And now as then the guys in charge

Are nannying us, so what we're shown

Is bits of  flimsy, pretty stuff

Like big explosions and night scope footage

Of paratroops. And the night scope footage

Is emerald green. Our boys drift down

As little black dots, like spores, like seeds,

On a rocky desert as green as Oz.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-11-11 11:40 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-11-11 04:25 pm (UTC)
That's a great poem! Perfect.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-11-11 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2007-11-11 06:32 pm (UTC)
I like all of your poems; thank you particularly for this one.

Is there footage somewhere-
Not to be aired for fifty years-
Of people dragging body parts
Of people whom we’re not at war with
Out of the homes we didn’t intend
To flatten?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-11-11 08:06 pm (UTC)
It seemed timely. I was going to post one about WWI- but this is angrier and better suited the way I feel.
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From: msjann65
2007-11-12 04:10 pm (UTC)

Armistice Day

I am old enough to remember that November 11th used to be called Armistice Day. That name held from 1918 until around 1970 when some "enlightened" souls in my country decided to make it a second Memorial Day. Memorial Day is observed in May. So now, instead of celebrating the end of a war, we have a big propaganda show about the troops, especially those who made the "supreme sacrifice".
Is it wrong to celebrate the PEACE that followed a long, bloody, disgusting world war? Seems to me that the emphasis is on the wrong thing these past few decades.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-11-12 04:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Armistice Day

We still call it Armistice Day over here- and it's still very much about remembering the First World War- which is, I suppose, the most severe psychic shock this nation has ever received.

I've always been in two minds about it. It's always seemed to be as much about glorifying the military as about reflecting on the cost of war.
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