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The Young Are Ordered Off To War

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The Young Are Ordered Off To War

The young are ordered off to war
Depart too early from this World
Generals safe behind the lines

Politicians debate the need
Everyone desires Peace
The young are ordered off to war

Fighting for their countrymen
Duty asks to risk their lives
Generals safe behind the lines

The cause is just that's what some say
The cause confused by Fog of Lies
The young are ordered off to war

Brave the young who face their dying
Unknown enemies all surround
Generals safe behind the lines

Sadly war makes history
Death to many before Old Age
The young are ordered off to war
Generals safe behind the lines

May 14th, 2013.

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  1. Date: 5/30/2013 1:58:00 PM
    Hi Rick, soup mail

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:07:00 PM
    I agree with the feelings here. Pretty sad order of things. History repeats itself.

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 12:07:00 AM
    This a very sensitive topic for me... the discussion of military and war almost makes me red in the face. Your repeating lines are great in this villanelle... the people that make all the tough decisions are generally the ones that are safe behind the lines of fire... well expressed!

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 7:39:00 AM
    There is a saying that if we sent only men who are 45 years old that there would be talks and peace efforts before war..Great work expressing what so many have experienced..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 9:31:00 PM
    Where have all the flowers gone? Your writing brings that song to my mind. Good write.

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 8:10:00 PM
    This certainly describes one aspect of war very well. All of the decision makers haven't a scratch while they send these valient heros to the battlefield. Very ironic and deeply feel the injustice.

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 5:28:00 PM
    A very sad write, but you write it eloquently in the villanelle form xxx

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 1:25:00 PM
    Lovely villanelle, Rick. To me it's one of the most difficult forms, but you've got it down pat. Sad and very apt piece. Peace, bruv. :-)