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Acts of Aggression

Based on a quote from Watership Down: "He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running." His experience in fighting battles had been friendly games of Monopoly Rolling dice across a colorful board after shaking, to hear them rattle. Those were serious acts of aggression and hotels were POWs, taken in possession Weapons were a top hat, thimble or boot Men built houses, not blew them up Winner, the one accumulating the most loot Snake eyes moved him two spaces forward, instead of sniper eyes on roofs of Park Place resulting in blood dripping from a man's face He wished he was only playing a game But shots were fired from somewhere near Bullets seeking men to kill and maim War is fought with emotions of courage and fear It was time to clear his squadron out That kind of move is what wars are about With rifle ready he led the charge Run through a mine field, though weary and tired He heard a man cry out, "I've been hit, Sarge!" Without a free space they could'nt stop to rest No Short Line Railroad upon which to ride No fox holes dug, in which to hide Amid shots fired, he passed down the word, "GO!" only stopping to collect dog tags of his dead men This time the battle was fought and won From a shrapnel wound his blood took flow It was never bravery that he lacked It was being interred with a bullet in his back. When asked why he hadn't turned to run, knowing his platoon was badly overpowered, He sighed and replied, "I'm not a coward, So I rolled the dice and landed on Chance. The top card said Be brave and attack! So we fought until we took our property back."

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Date: 4/6/2019 7:39:00 PM
Hi Lin! I heard you were a great poet and now I see why. This is such a fantastic poem and your creative idea to compare war to a game is so relevant to today's video games as opposed to real war. I worry that those games entice kids to glamorize war. It's such a mistake (I believe) to allow our children to play them. War is truly hell and hopefully someday it will be eliminated entirely. Anyway, really a great poem revealing a great talent.
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Date: 1/25/2019 9:04:00 PM
Wonderful write ... superb phrasing and intelligent story.
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Date: 1/9/2019 10:11:00 AM
Hello Lin, some battles are worth fighting for. Enjoyed this poem.Have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 1/4/2019 2:51:00 PM
This is absolutely wonderful Lin! The clever way you reference back and forth from the game of monopoly to the game of war. Your ending was superb! A fave my friend! Blessings for a most wondefull new year! : ) xxoo
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Date: 1/1/2019 8:06:00 AM
Brave poem, Lin:) hope you had a great holiday, have a wonderful and a blessed New Year:)
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Date: 1/2/2019 8:59:00 AM
Thank you, Jo, and wish the same for you.
Date: 12/24/2018 4:16:00 PM
Merry Christmas Dear Friend, peace be with you...
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Date: 12/25/2018 11:07:00 AM
Thanks, Charlie. It's kind of you to think of me.
Date: 12/20/2018 7:09:00 PM
Laney, your poetry is beyond measure...words that arise deep from your soul and rest themselves upon a white meadow...blooming to become such wondrous vistas, eye candy for the depraved...I know we don't always see eye to eye and butt heads...but I wanted to let you know that I still admire you and thank you for your support...have a merry holiday season...love & light...^WW^...{*J*}
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Date: 12/21/2018 10:02:00 AM
Thank you for the thoughts. Perhaps it's because we butt heads and honestly admit to our thoughts that admiration between us still flows.
Date: 12/17/2018 10:18:00 AM
That was so cool Lin. I love the comparison of the board game with the war they were fighting. I love the way you did this and the creativity it took to envision this all the way through. Amazing poetry my friend.
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Date: 12/17/2018 10:44:00 AM
Thanks a lot, Chris. Once I wrote the first lines it seemed to fall in place. I hope your weekend was serene.
Date: 12/16/2018 6:31:00 PM
This is very creative how you have done this, a comparison and contrast between war and a game!
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Date: 12/16/2018 7:00:00 PM
Thanks, Arthur. I'm glad you like it.
Date: 12/16/2018 4:19:00 PM
childhood games which turn into wartime maims Lin - such a dramatic piece Lin:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 12/16/2018 5:56:00 PM
Thanks a whole bunch for liking this write, Jan.
Date: 12/16/2018 3:15:00 PM
Dramatic scenes while facing the foe head on. Boldly, uniquely written !
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Date: 12/16/2018 3:03:00 PM
Lin your interweaving analogy of Monopoly, War and one soldiers harrowing experience is remarkable and insightfully penned. War is all about Monopoly and Money. ONE defense contractor ALONE , expects a year end order "backlog" of more than $110 billion in weaponry. Great write...
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Date: 12/16/2018 5:54:00 PM
What a horrible thought that so few get rich on the deaths of so many. Thank you for the visit. I appreciate your time and comments.
Date: 12/16/2018 2:20:00 PM
War is both the most futile of mankind's endeavors and the most destructive. This is a brilliantly creative piece in its monopoly game analogy my dear friend. My having had decades ago, three brave and wonderful combat veterans as close friends, gave me much deeper insight into just what a great tragedy war is.. Superb poetry.. A fav...
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Date: 12/16/2018 5:52:00 PM
You're right on both counts, Robert. I shudder to think of what men must face in throes of war. Many thanks for your complimentary remarks.
Date: 12/16/2018 12:55:00 PM
Wow Lin, what a great piece and love the metaphor. I really feel this as I am seeing some of the kids I coached in baseball getting shipped out overseas to war.
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Date: 12/16/2018 1:02:00 PM
That must be a bit hard for you to realize, Tim, that the boys you once coached are young men, old enough to be sent off to war. Thank you for your insight as well as the welcomed comments.
Date: 12/16/2018 12:23:00 PM
A fantastic write, Lin! Your use of and contrast with monopoly a great move. You capture the sadness and reality of war with real bullets and blood.
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Date: 12/16/2018 12:59:00 PM
Thanks so much for the great remarks, Kim. They're greatly appreciated.