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United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

A Walk Through Arlington

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Come, walk with me past the white stones

Through ancient fields of the fallen

Along paths of dreams not seen

Through aisles of solemn stillness

The oaks and elms not heard

To acres not visited by the tours

 

Come, walk with me

Past wars and our discontents

We will look for fresh earth

Where a canopy is ready

Where fresh wreaths adorn the new white

Where an anthem and taps sound

 

Come, walk with me

Past the innocence of youth

The bounty of life never seen

The saga of age denied

Borne by brothers to rest

We will see the past

 

Come, walk with me

The moment is over the next rise

The white of canopy

Green shoveled aside for the earth

Upon approach

Curfew calls a mother and daughter

 

Come, walk with me

Stones’ whiteness sears the eyes

A nation’s history cries

Pangs of conscience overwhelm

We are among the young

Born to flower we failed

Such a large bounty to waste

 

Come, walk with me

One of eighteen years rests

Beloved daughter, Sam

No child will bound into her lap

No child will grace her knee

Her art of mind and heart lost

No warm hearth of ages of love

 

Come, walk with me

Through alleys of white

Row upon row of young

Never to return to their streets of warmth

Nor to grace a porch

And shout a greeting to the village

Their virtues denied by war

 

Come, walk with me

Oh Sam, I hurt for you

For denying you your destiny

The bounty of life and saga of age

If only my voice could provoke your silence

We could meet the dawn

And grasp the moon

One would grace your knee with a little one

Give warmth to your mother

 

Come, walk with me

Our view will turn to and over the river

Where a little tyrant rules

Rising through lies, fear, slaughter and blood

To the applause of a nation

And that of a listening congress

Silence triumphs its halls

Come, walk with me

Let us go outside …..and march

Come, walk with me

For Sam and the young resting….in silence

The McGlynn

October, 2007

Damn

The WarCriminals,Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

How many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago? Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in our country as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime.

Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of a mostly amnesiac citizenry.

We condemned children to death, some after many days of writhing in pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers. Some died quickly, wasted by missing arms and legs, crushed heads. As the fluids ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits. They could have lived, certainly should have lived – and laughed and danced, and run and played- but instead they were brutally murdered. Yes, murdered!

The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

The McGlynn

 

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