Marching Orders

War on terror, war on thugs,

war in Iraq, war in Afghanistan.

Flying bullets, killing slugs,

didn’t learn a thing from Vietnam.


fireing             mortar


All the fighting and feuding,                          powetr

we have an arsenal, a weapon of every kind.

We all know there’s corruption and colluding.

rob the mint, there’s more money to print; no one seems to mind.



Contacts and billion dollar contracts,            


for the armory: the warships and latest fighter jet.

Passing the buck and patting backs,

add some more to the debt.

handing money





We  need to drop more bombs,                                                           

leave behind orphans  and widows,

and grieving dads and moms.

The killed, we don’t even know if they’re friends or foes.


flagPeople don’t care what they spend,                

for peace of mind and a sense of security.

It’s been going on and on, and it will never end.

fighting to be free, protect us from the enemy.



Uncle Sam, he doesn’t really give a damn,                              sam  

he never will and never has.

He has an agenda, and it’s a scam

did you really believe that jazz?


Now the war on poverty,    


that’s one they don’t want to tackle.

It’s not an issue of priority,

while cities and folks grapple, with their own day to day battle.

Soldier and civilians, we all have our marching orders,                             budget

fall in and follow the leaders.

They’ll cut the budget, and cut corners,

while they take us to the cleaners.


war counci

The chiefs and masterminds, gather safe at headquarters,                           

with maps and graphs, they plan and strategize,

moves for the newest marcing orders.

On the front lines, bugle calls and battle cries.


Our efforts and resources would be better spent,

on rebuilding broken lives, and the neglected community.poverty

I would make the argument,

we’ve won nothing, but lost our last best hope; our humanity.


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2 thoughts on “Marching Orders

  1. You really hit this nail on the head. War is such an incredible waste, all the pointless killing, innocent people suffering, killing children and elderly. Meanwhile we let people starve and go without health insurance in this country. We could do so much better than this…

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  2. Thank you, I am definitely anti-war. It is a waste and most of it, the majority is not necessary.Most of the wars, if you really look deeply into them, you will find that they are perpetrated by certain interests. It is a business, that benefits a certain segment of the political and business leaders. this piece and several other similar in tone, I entered into a poetry contest, with the theme of community. I did not win. You should try entering next year. you ever go on the rhymezone site? That is who sponsored it. Thanks for the comments and I appreciate your thoughts. I read both your, Look Homeward posts. Wonderful. I loved them both. You are really very good with flow. I like how they are both different. I had the same idea myself to write two pieces with same title, and make them completely opposite of each other. Yours are not to that extreme, but I thought that was a good idea. I just have not been writing that much lately. Thanks again.


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