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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - The Dead who Dared

The Dead who Dared


James Bredin

Do we have the time, the energy and the resolve?
The manpower to fix problems that cannot be solved,
Afghanistan will be the same in ten years time,
Despite all those dead Canadians killed in the line.

Now Ottawa admits that many more will soon die,
In cheap jeeps and helicopters that fall out of the sky,
Peacekeepers prancing proudly over there and so brave,
Guiding outdated rusty cheap gear to the grave.

Our stupid politicians will boast in New York,
‘Bout soft power in UN announcements by a dork,
And the media will manage to hype the whole thing,
And the generals will justify flying on one wing.

And no one will dare to ask is our democracy dead?
How many should die for the policy of the feds?
Should we ask for a referendum to get them all back?
But referendums are not allowed for those dead in a sack.

There’s too much pride here to ever admit a mistake,
As they count the dead soldiers coming home to their wake,
Is there anything we can do to change things around?
‘Cause certainly in Afghanistan the answers wont be found.

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