Del a.k.a. Abe Jones

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Throwaway Soldiers - Poem by Del a.k.a. Abe Jones

With the one hand they seem to give
And with the other, take away
“We always will support our Troops! ”
But, they don’t do what they say.

They promise all those benefits
As you Raise your hand and Swear
To Do Your Duty, Serve Your Country
Anytime, and Anywhere.

You keep your end of the Bargain
And Follow Orders to a tee
Even lay your Life on the Line
So that others might be Free.

You don’t ask for a whole lot
Just to be treated with Respect
Promises kept and Honesty
From those People you Protect.

But, too often those in Power
Will Betray you without Shame
Break those Vows they made
Like it was only just a Game.

It’s called, “Throwaway Soldiers”
And the Troops will always lose
Because you Play by the Rules
While they will Play as they chose.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011

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