Memorial Day

Even though we have been at war with somebody
somewhere for most of our history, we proudly
claim to represent the cause of peace and justice.

Even though we launch hi-tech drones to target
our victims with precision, we are just kids at heart,
enjoying live-action gaming in air-conditioned rooms.

Our brave young men and women freely enlist to fight
for Exxon and Lockheed, to preserve that way of life.

We spend more on weapons than most of the rest
of the world combined, just to let freedom ring.

It is necessary because there are those who oppose
our way of life — naturally, we must kill them.

We love to preach to others about our patriotism,
and why the sick and poor should not complain.

Some say that there is blood on our hands,
but in our own minds, we’re innocent.

We’re like playful young seal pups frolicking
on the sea surface, unaware of the Orcas
swiftly rising from below.




About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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