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  •  Mr. President, why are there still soldiers in... (7+ / 0-)

    ... that hell? Why didn't you withdraw them all?

    Don't send your men to hell and back. Saw this with my son yesterday night. All the misery and things that are wrong speak for themselves in this movie.

    The movie also made me wonder why eighteen year old men would find it cool to become a "master in killing" and that be a motivation to become a grunt? Who made them think that way?

    Do you see the returning Vet playing with his guns in his bed?

    Isn't there something wrong with this picture, Mr. President ?

    This war destroys the soldiers and the Afghan villagers and the reputation of the military. Wrong mission, wrong war, stop it. Don't say thank you. One shouldn't ask for sacrifices for such causes.

    After we watched that movie, we listened to an old song to calm us down and believe in some harmony between two "good 'ol guys".

    At the end you can hear that harmony is achievable.

    Just saying.

    •  This poet gets it (3+ / 0-)
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      mimi, No Exit, Larsstephens

      "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

      by BOHICA on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 08:23:45 AM PST

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      •  and these don't get it ... (2+ / 0-)
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      •  I would need to read the text of the poem (2+ / 0-)
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        to get what it says. Listening is too fast and difficult for me to grasp it.

        •  Text for I was a coffin (2+ / 0-)
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          SO I WAS A COFFIN

               —For Corporal Kyle Powell, died in my arms, 04 November 2006

          They said you are a spear. So I was a spear.

          I walked around Iraq upright and tall, but the wind blew and I began to lean.
          I leaned into a man, who leaned into a child, who leaned into a city. I walked
          back to them and neatly presented a city of bodies packaged in rows.
          They said no. You are a bad spear.

          They said you are a flag. So I was a flag.

          I climbed to the highest building, in the city that had no bodies, and I smiled
          and waved as hard as I could. I waved too hard and I caught fire and I burned
          down the city, but it had no bodies. They said no. You are a bad flag.

          They said you are a bandage. So I was a bandage.

          I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso and
          pressed my head to his ribcage and listened to his heartbeat. Then I was full, so
          I let go and wrung myself out.

          And I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso
          and pressed my head to his ribcage and listened to his heartbeat. Then I was full, so
          I let go and wrung myself out.

          And I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso
          and pressed my head to his ribcage but there was no heartbeat. They said no. You
          are a bad bandage.

          They said you are a coffin. So I was.

          I found a man. They said he died bravely, or he will. I encompassed him
          in my finished wood, and I shut my lid around us. As they lowered us
          into the ground he made no sound because he had no eyes
          and could not cry. As I buried us in dirt we held our breaths together
          and they said, yes. You are a good coffin.

          This poem won first prize in the 2010 War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Author Gerardo Mena received a $2,000 award. Copyright is reserved to the author. Mr. Mena has kindly made available to us a YouTube video he produced for this poem:

          "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

          by BOHICA on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 12:45:48 PM PST

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