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One, Two, Three, Four We Don't Want Your Stinkin' Wars

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One, Two, Three, Four We Don't Want Your Stinkin' Wars

Johnny got his gun that May day
sent by Nixon's cronies to betray unarmed souls
to Kent State with rifles, bayonets,
and thirteen students were gunned down on the grass knoll.

With cries against Dick's bloody war
young civilians burned and swore, "bring the warriors home."
They had enough of gore and lies
of Unconstitutional Wars and napalm bone.

We've guns at home, guns abroad
"What are we fighting for?" they cried out, and were killed
Few even remember a name 
of four young people, Allison, Jeff, Sandra and Will.

A Republic formed by revolt
remembers well how to gain, get your gun my son
for Big Brothers got his again
and a bullets a very hard thing to outrun.

*The Kent State Massacre - May 4, 1978
Never never forget your own government took rifle toting
bayonette pointed troops onto college campuses and killed
four unarmed students, youths and wounded more, paralyzing 
one. If they could do this.....

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  1. Date: 2/27/2013 1:30:00 PM
    Really sad . I don't like the guns

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 3:06:00 AM
    I recall reading about this Debbie, simply unbelievable to be honest. Lets hope it never happens again, but I doubt it. Have a lovely weekend 'Head Mistress' :) xx

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 12:58:00 PM
    Reminds me of "Tin Soldiers and Nixon coming" an old song. Those kids were my age - so young.

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 1/10/2013 1:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I was a couple years out of college when they did this, a government which kills its own children in the school yard..one hates to think a country based on freedom of speech could do this
  1. Date: 1/9/2013 11:48:00 AM
    Debbie - Too much. The newsreels as I remember then and the civil rights fiascoes were my first memories of mass violence. I guess it was JFK started it for me. love you, Kathy

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 7:43:00 PM
    It will always be a blot on our nation's history, Debs, among many other things kept in the closets!!

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 7:18:00 PM
    A very infamous moment in US history. You have described the infamous incident better than Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young did in their song.

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 3:32:00 PM
    Is the world in safe hands? Profoundly said. Enjoyed this powerful write. Love always , Mehnaz

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 1/8/2013 3:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    of course I know this Terry after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we were fools to think their own citizens would be exempt from their immoral behavior
  1. Date: 1/8/2013 1:47:00 PM
    Very strong poem/message, Debbie! You ask "If they could do this...", well they could and did... and in the meantime they've done even worse... Terry

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 12:39:00 PM
    Holy Crap! No, I did not know of this! We often hold the opinion, "Not here. Never here," when it comes to such things as this. Just a few years ago, a biracial couple in Nova Scotia awoke to find a burning cross on their front lawn! I cried. Are we regressing instead of progressing? Have we learned nothing? Your poem rocks, Sis. Napalm bone... that image is sharp and deep. xox Dee