For Your Country..

Sam and I have been having a quick commentary in the comments of a post......I know....I know....but, it reminded me of a dream I had during the war....it bothered me so much, that I printed off this poem by Wilfred Owen....and read it out loud to the workmates at lunch one day...

...Every morning....every goddamn morning during the war, I'd wake up and watch the news...hoping...PRAYING ....that no one had used WMDs....especially the gases that Saddam was known to have had....so....ladies and gentlemen..I give you a little Owen....

Dulce Et Decorum Est....

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned out backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!--An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin,
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen....first published in 1921...of course, he was dead by then..

This is NOT meant as an Anti-War post....it is meant as an Anti-WMD post....

In the latin...the translation of the title "Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori.....is....."It is sweet and proper to die for one's country."...

by Eric on December 22, 2003 | Comments(1) | SWG Stories

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Mag"fucking"nificent!!!!

Sorry - That is all I can say.

posted by: Sam on December 22, 2003 11:02 PM