A soldier’s story (Lance Cpl. N. Windsor USMC)
I never wanted to go to war, Uncle Sam
I hope you understand that I am not the warring kind
But I am a good soldier
that will follow the chain of command
I was born to be a soldier, trained to fight the enemy of my homeland
and be killed in the frontline is the ultimate test that
I may have to face in my young fragile life.
So, here I
am in unfamiliar foreign land
A foot soldier with a deadly machine gun in my hand
Killing men that if my trigger finger
will hesitate will not give me a second chance
So I don’t have a choice but to mow ‘em down.
wanted to go to war, Uncle Sam
I hope you know and understand that by now
For despite the hardships and the killings
that I had in the battlefield
I am still a country boy at heart
More comfortable with a guitar than a rifle in my hand.
Not even in my deathbed
I will allow you,
to commiserate with my sorrows
I have known you
Since a long time ago
When we used to share
The same bed and pillow
But your heart is a wandering fool
And left for some greener meadow.
Now you came to me with tears in your eyes.
Smiling, as if it is quite easy to forget
all the things that
you have done to me.
I made up my mind,
ten summers ago
Never, in my life
not even in my deathbed willI forgive You.
deep into the shadowy valley,
in the fields of amber and
you can hear his heart-crushing
screams, if you listen to the wind.
where hopes and dreams,
but a weak
sensation, coming from the mind,
of a resigned dream-weaver.
silver-spotted butterflies and,
frolicking under the sunshine.
brown and black hooded insects,
flew around in dizzying circles,
bluebirds and red robins, crisscrossing
the colors of the rainbow.
the black shroud of clothing
his faceless, flesh-less face
and, emaciated straw-filled body,
reflects the sadness within his inner self.
if, the worms would tickle his fingertips
and dandelions swayed by his feet
all these, are nothing, which will soothe
ill-feelings, for in the end,
he will always be a lifeless
scarecrow in the fields of
Bill Mitsuru T. Shimizu
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