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If I Could Swap a Week or Two.

Updated on May 17, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

Why is it only the young, who have to fight far too long and hard and often die?

Somewhere not 
to long ago in an
arid, blazing hot
town in distant Iraq,
a young man sweated fear.
Gripped by his own mortality,
as he huddled against 
a shell pocked
crumbling wall and
spent his summer
avoiding the bullets and RPG's
in his third term.
And in far off Afghanistan
a young woman
weighed down by
body armor,
peeked with an overly tanned face
over a pile of boulders
at the Taliban encroaching
on her space.
Risking not only her life
in duty to her country
but also her dignity
and her womanhood
should they have captured her
and then felt free to use her
as they would have done 
with a Kleenex
and then disposed of her.
She used to spend her
Summers on a beach,
with cool winds
in her salt water
drenched hair.
Oh, she had
plenty of sand there
but the ocean was
a lifetime  or 
a bullet away.
If I could have swapped
a week or two
with either one of
those weary souls
I would have willingly gone
and sent them home
for some rest and relaxation.
Fresh and eager 
for the killing
I would have hunkered 
down and taken
crisp shots 
at the enemy
as they presented 
me targets.
All of my skills
from years ago
would have kicked in,
windage, elevation and
a few clicks of dope
on my trusty M-14 0r M-16
or what the hell an  M-60
to make sure the
shot was precise.
Just some part of
my June, July 
or August
sacrificed much 
like theirs was
on those killing fields.
What if each of us 
could have gone
just to take the place of
one soldier over there
for just a week or so,
then perhaps we
might  truly understand
what they were mired in.
We might have 
begun to cherish
this land, our home
ten thousand more times
then we did now or then.
We shoud have 
sent some
teabaggers over there
to defend the freedoms
that they were 
always whining
about being taken away.
Letting them see 
the true cost
of the freedom we have,
and the burden that our
presidents have 
had to deal with
a burden that was
dumped unsolved 
in their laps.
We might have 
all started
demanding that
the death of any
soldier over there
be put back on
the front page
and not relegated to some
mid-section, one
paragraph footnote.
We might Have 
started marching
in the streets again
and calling for our
troops to come home.
These wars were far
too distant from us
to affect us to deeply,
but what if we could
Have swapped with them
for just a couple of weeks.
We are now more
worried it seems
about the cost of oil 
and gas prices
then the blood ever spilled
in those far off lands.
But in that other assinine
cursed oil hole
that had been ruptured
for way too many years....
How many of you 
would Have willingly gone
and taken the place
of some young, tired face
fighting in those two hells.
That is the 
true question,
that is where
true patriotism lies.
not in placing blame
on whose at fault,
but in manning up
and helping
all those who
are dodging lead
get a long deserved break.
What about all of
our prisoners
who were on death row?
we could have 
sent them over there,
letting them replace 
some of our precious youth 
who were  dying.
They were dead men walking.
we should have let them 
walk on hot sand
and use their best 
killing skills
to get the job done.
Any objections to that?
I went off to Cocoa
beach during the hieght 
of that war
for fourteen days
of sun and fun.
but I would have 
traded it all
if they would have simply
equipped me and sent me
off to give some poor
guy or girl a break
from that Godawful place.
we should have started a
Seabaggers list here,
of true patriots willing
to go and fight anytime
for a couple of weeks
in place of our tired troops.
You could have 
signed your name
in the comment box,
if you had been interested
in sacrificing two
weeks of your Summer.
It would have been 
a paid vacation
in a place you've never been,
and you would have  seen
lots of action.
Come on, old warriors,
dig out those 
mothballed fatigues.
and offer to help.
I could have sent 
this to someone
in the defense department,
who might have
seen the merit of it all
and who maybe 
might have gotten 
the ball rolling,.
and now we might be
putting ground troops
in the Ukraine  
and I'm still gonna
need lots of names.
there will be 
thousands over there
that would be 
so happy to see
some  newbies coming 
to grant them
some long deserved R+R.
I'll see ya in
the Ukraine if it 
all goes sour
Hell I'll even 
buy you a beer.
Just put your
John Hancock below,
and let's get the next war
revitalized by an
infusion of patriotism
laid on the line.
By American citizenry
doing their part
in a bigger way.
You love the
right to bear arms
here's your best shot.
Take it....
Let's go bag
some real trophies.
not some moose
from a helicopter.
They've got targets
over there
that shoot back,
let's go hunting,
and let a whole l
ot of troops
take a long needed nap.
and Semper-Fi to all my
I just might see you again

© 2010 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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