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Reluctant Warrior

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Reluctant Warrior

U~nbidden, the draft was upon me,
N~ewly turned from the halls of high school.
I~nspired by the Vets at the legion,
T~o enlist and become Uncle's tool.
E~xpecting to serve with distinction,
D~ogma served warm and fresh to a fool.

S~ent off as a man-child to Asia,
T~o enroll in a myopic war,
A~nd line pockets of war profiteers;
T~ransfer bleeding from wealthy to poor.
E~verything that I learned in that conflict
S~ent the message to soldier no more.

A~nd finding no reason for staying,
R~ealized that my motive and drive,
M~y labor was chosen to ensure
Y~oung soldiers would return home alive.

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  1. Date: 9/16/2010 5:41:00 PM
    excellent wayne !! Congratulations to you on your insight and poem and win!

  1. Date: 9/13/2010 9:40:00 PM
    YOu make it sound like you got out and maybe protested?? Love the title of this one, a well deserved win. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 10:16:00 AM
    Wayne, many congratulations on your win in Carolyn's contest >> James

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 8:00:00 PM
    fantastic, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 5:43:00 AM
    Wayne congrats on your 2nd place with this brilliant acrostic in Carolyn's contest :) Wilma

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 12:10:00 AM
    excellent poem on the way it is, Wayne, enjoyed this ever so much. congrats, Harry

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 7:55:00 PM
    Congratulations on the second place win, Wayne

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 7:03:00 PM
    Congratulations Wayne on an excellent Acrostic! Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 6:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Carolyn Devonshire's contest. Love, iolanda

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 5:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Carolyn's contest Wayne. Love Carol

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 4:41:00 PM
    Congrats Wayne on this creative and thoughtful poem..You may have been reluctant but I thank you anyway.BG

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 3:48:00 PM
    Great 2nd Place Win..Congratulations Wayne. Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 3:46:00 PM
    Great work and congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 3:17:00 PM
    Congrats Wayne on your big win in the Work contest.. an awesome piece and super victory for u to enjoy my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 1:35:00 PM
    This was so powerful and moving, Wayne. So much truth expressed in this outstanding acrostic. Congratulations on taking second place in the contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 6:43:00 PM
    Thanks for commenting on my poetry. I really think you have a gift, a gift for writing, you captured the senseless waste of life in war, how many do not return home... Love Constance

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 12:57:00 PM
    Extremists on either end are the problem. I agree with you more than you know. I still believe the corporate structure AKA Bush admin knew about 9/11 in August. My Brother is a disabled Nam vet (Navy Corpsman). We fought a useless war to protect Shell and Exxon. I dropped out to protest the war, then re-enlisted in78 under Carter. Vince

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 9:21:00 AM
    soon war will be no more! (Isaiah 2:4)

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 8:14:00 AM
    Lovely piece of Acrostic and an excellent way to bring in lime light the bleakness of war. In such a situation doing the job of saving people is a creditable act. Beautiful write. And many thanks for your comments on the Poem For the Teacher its main credit goes to that great US writer whose poem moved me a lot. A copy of this brilliant Poem 'Douglas Malloch' should be circulated to all the teachers any where in the world. Love and best wishes...Ravindra...Wayne Sapp.

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 6:43:00 AM
    Peace and blessings, my friend. However you got there, we still owe you much. One love

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