Rainbow Colored Camouflage

Poet's Notes

Russian soldiers have turned to TV cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants in a bid to keep their spirits high while marching to the beat.



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I glanced up the road and was taken aback with what I saw.
I looked again and to my surprise, 
There was a troop of army guys coming down the road, all decked out in rainbow colored garb.
How could their coats of many colors fool anyone, and be camouflage.
Hotchpotch splotches dabbed on khaki, perhaps a fancy dress disguise
How silly they looked. Were they ashamed?
How could they go into battle dressed like that, when their foe would laugh at them.
Perhaps this was the tactic, distract the enemy, get them laughing, and shoot them dead.

Would the rainbow uniforms foster camaraderie among the troops?
Like a fancy dress attendees at a ball, 
When its fun to look silly and its safe to laugh at each other.
As the soldiers marched in step towards me,
I noticed a frivolity in the demeanor.
Their step was more a meter dance step with fling, flare and flourish
Than a heavy trudge of hob-nailed boot banged on ground.
Perhaps the fancy dress had lightened their mood and plod.

As the dance party got closer I could here the chant they recited as they marched along:
"Are you ready kids?" 
"Aye Aye Captain"
"I can't hear you!" 
"Yeah... I hear, yeah"
"Aye Aye Captain"
"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
"Spongebob Squarepants"
"Spongebob Squarepants" 
"Spongebob Squarepants"

So the Rainbow Colored Camouflage had worked a treat!
Silly soldiers singing silly songs, in their silly coats of many colors.
Recalling how in the bible, Israel who loved Joseph more than all his sons, 
Made him a coat of many colors.
Perhaps the soldiers too, were spoiled favorites of the commander chief?

28 March 2017

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