Treasure Island

David McLansky

(5/24/1944 / New York City)

June 4th Tiananmen


They had to bring them from the farms,
The rural soldiers far from the storm
Those naïve lads deprived of books
Who obeyed their orders while sergeants looked;

Hayseeds who had never seen the city
Fixed bayonets without a dint of pity
And marched with fear within their eye
Not knowing that their leaders lied;

Who jumped down from their transport trucks
And formed their lines their eyes awestruck
Heads turned around at neon signs,
Colonel Sanders left them blind;

McDonalds with their great round eyes
Came to them a great surprise;
These rebels lived in paradise
With Coca Cola and pizza pie;

So they stormed the Square firing their guns,
And shot down Lincoln on the run;
Down went Washington and Jefferson
Wounded by soldeir/peasants guns;

James Madison stood up and tried to sing
But they clubbed him in the melee ring;
Their sergeant promised them Big Macs,
After they concluded their attack.

But remember the World War I song
And here the peasants sing along,
“How you gonna keep them down on the farm,
After they’ve had KFC.”

Submitted: Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 02, 2013

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