When my sons were little
I used to watch them sometimes
coming to life as GI Joe; oh to be like him!
charging through the jungle,
sending rockets through the air,
rescuing wounded comrades....
they saw themselves victorious, winning,
they fell down,
They were practicing dying, my little boys,
learning how to be heroes.
It frightened me;
I held my breath and I thought,
no, no, please,
not for them,
not for them such destruction.
Too many have run off to change the
world in battle;
all called away,
never to be the same again.
War is seductive, promising glory;
a uniform inspires respect,
it fosters dreams of fame,
wearing it transforms innocence
What dreams a soldier has!
He will charge toward the ranks
of his enemy,
he will gallop unharmed through
as he wields his mighty sword
and chops off every head!
And when the battle is
over he will ride,
victorious, in the parade!
How they will celebrate him!
How they will roar his name!
Here comes the victor now!
In his dreams the hero sees no pain,
no agony or woe,
just trumpets blaring
and flags waving to urge him on[
What amazing joy will be his prize!
What kind of fame?
The limp anonymous body bag of the
dead hero is carried off to Valhalla
by a shrieking Valkyrie
is left there on the growing pile;
he is fodder,
he is refuse,
he is dust.