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POEM: Lament for the Iraq war

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Mark Jensen of UFPPC was moved by the "end" of the Iraq war to write a 64-line "Lament for the Iraq War."[1]  --  With thanks to Michael Schmidt of the New York Times, whose front-page story ("Junkyard Gives Up Secret Accounts of Massacre") on Thursday, December 15, 2011, provided inspiration, and to Bruce Springsteen, whose "Reason to Believe" (1982) provided some of the refrain....


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LAMENT FOR THE IRAQ WAR

By Mark Jensen

Outside Baghdad
There was a man was cooking fish
Up came a reporter
Said "Whatcha doing with your dish?"
The man said he'd been burning
Papers week after week
"They mean nothing to me
But would you like to have a peek?"
Well the reporter started digging
He could not believe his eyes
There were reams of secret documents
He saw a Pulitzer Prize
    Well it seems kind of funny
    Kind of funny sir to me
    At the end of every hard-fought war
    People find some reason to believe

It was down in Haditha
In the year two thousand five
Another bomb had exploded
One Marine was not alive
We went looking for insurgents
Who might have set off the bomb
And within a few hours
We'd killed kids old men and a mom
I mean it wasn't remarkable
Anyway not at the time
Just a cost of doing business
In Anbar in two thousand five
    Well it strikes me kind of funny
    Seems kind of funny sir to me
    That at the end of every hard-fought war
    People find some reason to believe

Headquarters heard something happened
Something happened down the line
So they did investigation
Found it happened all the time
But they remembered Fallujah
What'd happened on the bridge
So they filed all the papers
In the back of the fridge
Well it happened all the time sir
Throughout the whole country
Killing people in their homes sir
Was not remarkable to me
    And it strikes me kind of funny
    Kind of funny don't you see
    That at the end of every hard-fought war
    People find some reason to believe

Now they're bringing all the troops home
And saying how the heroes died
Everybody loves the Army
The President is at our side
Well I'm glad that it's over
I do not want to go back
Though they tell me there's another
Another conflict down the track
But when I think of Haditha
And of that man cooking fish
And the twenty-four we killed there
Lord staying home's my only wish
    Don't it seem kind of funny
    Kind of funny don't you see
    How at the end of every hard-fought war
    People find some reason to believe

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 23:46