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Updated on May 19, 2012
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The question posed


Let's all line up single file

He shouted to his men

They picked themselves up off the ground

And lined right up again

This way! he shouted passionately

And showed the men his back

Then started marching double time

Leaving a distinct track

For all the nights when he sat up

With his advising men

To try to figure out the where

They why and also when

The cloud of his not knowing

Hung above his forthright brow

And all the men joined in with him

Not knowing why or how

Still on they plunged into the fray

Swinging both left and right

Their group maintaining discipline and

Cohesion in the fight

Til none were left on two strong legs

Not one on either side

Except of course for the leader

Who never ran to hide

But when he looked around the field

To see what he had won

He realized that he could see

Not fertile soil

No greened tree

No nothing there a prize for he

And laughing hysterically

He wondered at the son



copyright 2011 christopher w neal all rights reserved

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    • Chris Neal profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Neal 

      6 years ago from Fishers, IN

      Thank you for your comment!

      I prefer to let people draw their own conclusions about both individual lines and the whole poem.

      Again, thank you!

    • leni sands profile image

      Leni Sands 

      6 years ago from UK

      Nursery rhyme rhythm with deadly undertones. It reminds me of another similar poem that does not spring to mind at the moment but I will come back to you on that.

      Does the last line refer to 'a child' or 'the (actual) sun'?

      Although this poem has been written with a Humpty Dumpty feel, its actual pace is 'a march' - young men following their leader into battle without actually knowing why - a very sad truth for many, past and present who don't know what they are fighting for.

      Good hub, very cleverly put together - well written!

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