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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - UN Obligations and Dead Men

UN Obligations and Dead Men


James Bredin

If we had another little world war, who would go?
Maybe join the dead men in draped coffins to go,
Or be buried over there in an unmarked grave,
To prove to someone somewhere, you were so brave.

Would you go and die for the United Nations?
‘Cause they look at us with such great expectations,
And you could stop them killing in some foreign affair,
In a shaky jeep or with a wing and a prayer.

Your widow would weep the weary tears for your death,
Sighing and crying and sobbing and getting out of breath,
And a pompous politician could send a letter,
Explaining how you improved the world for the better.

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