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Friday, September 19, 2003

War continues. Kenneth Patchen weighs in:

THE BODY BESIDE THE TIES

Can't seem to wake you, kid, guess it
put you to sleep getting cut in two
I wonder what my mother will say
To hell with your old lady, kid, it's you dead
like you read about being dead
in the school books with medals all over
your chest and all the girls saying
Boy is he ever something on that big white horse
hell's fire a hero dying for his ahem country
What is my country?
And all the fine buildings with flags fluttering
thataboy some class a first-rate bloke
with bubbles of blood in his hair
There are a lot of jails in America...a lot of poor boys
trying to get somewhere.

Hello, kid
still dead?

I had a lot to do a lot to see


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