Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 9 years ago

What do General Mills, General Electric and General Dynamics have in common?

Go Ask The Generals

Raising children in rat infested squalor,

they do not even hear

the cannon's roar in their ears

the pain that is their life, is just life;

the violent inner noise drowns out

the melody of freedom they have never heard.

They sit in comfortable chairs

studying manicured lawns

and do not even know that they are waging war.

Torpedoed out hovels

are only on TV

that grace the news, not the block.

They do not feel themselves

marching lock-step to the drum.

How do you fight a war

where the casualties think they are fine,

where the footsoldiers think they are innocent?

Go ask the generals.

Copyright hgl 2011

Comments/Critiques, please?

6 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    A very strange world to them casualties and foot-soldiers.

    'Mmm, yeah I watch the ripples change their size

    But never leave the stream

    Of warm impermanence

    So the days float through my eyes

    But still the days seem the same

    And these children that you spit on

    As they try to change their worlds

    Are immune to your consultations

    They're quite aware of what they're goin' through


    Turn and face the strange


    Don't tell them to grow up and out of it


    Turn and face the strange '

    From song 'Changes', written by David Bowie


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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Aside from the name general, and all express the delivery of energy I felt a thing in this you may have alluded to, and we should feel a blatant sense of.

    We, distant, numbed by big screen TV

    watched, some sit in apathy

    regarding what happens a half world away

    as we, complacent, feel safe today.

  • Laura
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    It was really good. It was smart and deep and you used good technical aspects and imagery and invoked feeling which is really what this whole thing is about. I have to say that the last 4 lines are the best. They sum it up and make the reader think and they serve as a big "." to the whole poem.

    Good job :)

  • 9 years ago

    Very good ...They do not feel themselves

    marching lock-step to the drum.

    this is very clever, did you mean to say this or was it just a bit of good luck ?

    Very good Job HH :)

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  • 9 years ago

    I will have to look up general dynamics.

    War is clearly permission to be uncivilized and indulge in the insanity of technology meets ferral nature.

  • 9 years ago

    That reminds me...gotta cut the grass.


    Good stuff, sir.

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