Treasure Island

Fergus Michael Condron

(02/05/1963 / London South East)

We Are The Dead


We are the dead and we died for you, we are the dead with uniforms new.

We are the dead, on the wire, we hang, we are the dead, though Christmas bells clang.

We are the dead and we stare out at you, we are the dead, on barbed wire Askew, we are the dead and no longer are we sing, we are the dead, no more new joys to bring.

We are the dead so cold in the snow, we are the dead, eyes eaten by crows. We are the dead and we don't have prayers, we are the dead, like Toy doll at fairs.

We are the dead, lifeless and grey, we are the dead, the ones who have paid. We are the dead, come close, see our eyes, we are the dead, come see how we died.

We are the dead, machine-gunned and bombed, we are the dead, in entombed and now gone. We are the dead, we scream out at you, we are the dead, don't do what we do.

We are the dead, forgotten today, we are the dead, so our children can play. We are the dead, don't forget what we say, we are the dead, so you can live for each day.

We are the dead, just now putrid puss, we are the dead, learn a lesson from us. We are the dead, remember us now? We are the dead, at each waking hour.

We are the dead, the Grateful Dead, at our tombstone lay flowers and please bow your head.

Submitted: Monday, December 08, 2008

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  • Mimi Brown (9/9/2009 6:40:00 AM)

    Strong words for a much debated war. Forceful images. Your reference to the grateful dead is fitting. If we appease the dead they will not haunt us. Although your words make me think the dead of war are never at rest. Good write. Thank you for remembering those who die for our freedom.10. (Report) Reply

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