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Acceptable Losses

Updated on May 7, 2011

Fabric threadbare

Shallow eyes

Mouth turned downward

From all the lies

Said they’d always be the best

Now no one is here

As they’re laid to rest

Gave it all

And gave it again

But they pulled em back

Let the other ones win

Can’t get the images out of their heads

All of the body parts, all of the dead

Little boy with big bomb

Strapped to his chest

Shoot him between the eyes

Just like the rest

Why did they do it

What was the point

It was what it was man

Just pass me that joint

And stop your yackin

Let it go for awhile

Ain’t nobody here cares

We’ve all been that mile

Just finish up this burying

Let’s get down the way

My son’s joined the Army

And he’s leaving today

You know there ain’t no jobs

What am I supposed to say

To wait, round the corner

There’s gonna be a new day?

We all know that’s bull man

It ain’t getting no better

It’s the same as it was

When we got our letter

Let him take his chances

Make a mark for his self

There’s no food on his table

No supplies on the shelf

How’s a man gonna feed his family

With a job like you and me

Burying these poor suckers

… only their headstones are free

So lets bury them shallow

Let the rain do the rest

they’re America’s finest

they’re America’s best


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  • stars439 profile image


    6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    This wonderful poem is just as good as it was 13 months ago when I was the second to comment on it. A very meaningful thought involving poem that brings to our hearts the realities of a battle field, and brings us into the lives of soldiers , and victims of war. GBY dear heart.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    Yes ubanichijioke, unfortunately these are truths of many countries. Thank-you for your comments and for following me. I will be reading your hubs as well as soon as I can catch up!

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    Alexander Thandi Ubani 

    7 years ago from Lagos

    This poem tell stories obtainable in many homes. Many times, it is hard to decipher why things happen the way they do. But, we must do what we have to do. Great piece

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    Jenna Ditsch 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    Thanks again--I want to be a well-mannered Hubber. :-) Still pretty new and learning the culture of social networking. I appreciate you letting me know so I don't unintentionally offend people. God Bless You!!!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    You can send a private message through the board as you did before to me or you can even mention that you've written something, but linking is a step beyond. And I know that was not anywhere in your intent. It's just good manners and a pet peeve of mine. ;)

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    Jenna Ditsch 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    Oops! I did not know that. Thank you for letting me know. I just thought you would like to read it. What is the proper way to let someone know about something you've written--not for self-promotion--but because you genuinely just think they will like it?

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    7 years ago from On the edge

    Seek-n-find, thank you for reading and your comments. I feel I need to tell you, in friendship, that normally I would have deleted your comment because it contains a link to your own work. I usually will not accept what I consider to be self promotion and find it a bit rude when people do it, but I know you have a good heart and meant nothing by it so I've made an exception. Others may not though, so this may be a learning experience of Hub manners for you. With love, Sherry

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    7 years ago from On the edge

    Thank you my dear Q

    saddlerider - I fought my son and fought him and took out a loan to get him into college (and so did he) because he wanted to join the service and have his education paid for. I have watched three men destroyed by the war, up close and personal, and know of so many more. I know someone has to go and I know I was selfish, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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    7 years ago

    Souls, hearts and minds are wasted on war. Our young die young, our men/woman fight to survive, if it's not War it's lost jobs and fighting to survive. Survival of the fittest they say, Bull, it's survival of the rich, they control the world and the rest of us are played for suckers and grunts who give our lives in so many ways. This was a sad write, but had to be said, well done, I applaud you my friend. Hugs

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    7 years ago


  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    raghavrathi and LVidoni5 - you honor my writing with your reading and comments. Thank-you.

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    Brian Loewer 

    7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

    wow, this is compelling. Somethings in life just seem so senseless. Well done.

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    Raghav Rathi 

    7 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

    feeling blue after reading this...

    But still, a really nice poem.....

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    Epi-man - I'll bet you miss you Mum especially today, but she gave you all the love you have and taught you how to play.

    And we are blessed with you, dear man, because she nurtured so and when I get to Heavan I will want to say Hello!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    Thank you K. Burns, I appreciate your reading and kind comments.

    Micky, I was a little concerned writing this as a woman and non-Vet. I am a firm believer that if you weren't there - shut up, you have nothing to say.

    But there has been so much collateral damage that I see up close and personal, I felt I had to speak. At least it released a little pressure in my steaming cauldron of rage.

    Having your acceptance was pure icing on the cake!

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    7 years ago

    ..thinking of you on this Mother's Day with love, respect and admiration mum was my best friend.

    And yes what a writer you are - I think your face should be on Mount Rushmore's Hub mountain - as I really do look up to you .... in so many ways.

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    Micky Dee 

    7 years ago

    Beautifully done Poohgranma. All true. No jobs. all the employment we have for the children is destruction. But the destruction is "ourselves" along with all the rest.

    Gravediggers. Make mine shallow. God bless you dear Pooh.

    God bless Willie.

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    Kristen Burns-Darling 

    7 years ago from Orange County, California

    Very nicely done! A fresh telling of a story as old as time....Haunting commentary on the state of things as they once were, and as it seems they are again. Voted up and awesome!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    thanks much stars, I missed hearing from you today!

  • stars439 profile image


    7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Very nice poem. Sad and so true are the true blue. GBY.

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    7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

    ...excellent!...ending it with the vid topped it off for me...listened to it as i re-read a couple of times...


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