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If I Could Swap A Week Or Two.

Updated on June 8, 2010

Somewhere in an

arid, blazing hot


town in distant Iraq,

a young man sweats fear.


Gripped by his own mortality,

huddled against a shell pocked

crumbling wall as he

spends 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,

peeks 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 capture her

and feel free to use her

as they would a Kleenex

and then dispose of her.


She used to spend her

Summers on a beach,

with cool winds

in her salt water

drenched hair.


Oh, she's got

plenty of sand there

but the ocean is

a lifetime away.


If I could swap

a week or two

with either one of

these weary souls

I would willingly go

and send them home

for some rest and relaxation.


Fresh and eager for the killing

I would hunker down and take

crisp shots at the enemy

as they presented me targets.


All of my skills

from years ago

would kick in,

windage, elevation and

a few clicks of dope

on my trusty M-14 0r M-16

or hell M-60

to make sure the

shot was precise.


Just some part of

my June, July or August

sacrificed much like theirs

on those killing fields.


What if each of us could go

and take the place of

one soldier over there

for just a week or so,

then perhaps we

might understand

what they are mired in.


We might begin to cherish

this land, our home

ten thousand more times

then we do now.


Let's send some

teabaggers over there

to defend the freedoms

that they are always whining

about being taken away.


Let them see the true cost

of the freedom we have,

and the burden that our

president has to deal with

a burden that was

dumped  unsolved in his lap.


We might all start

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 start marching

in the streets again

and calling for our

troops to come home.


These wars are far

too distant from us

to affect us to deeply,

but what if we could

swap with them

for just a couple of weeks.


We are more

worried it seems

about the oil spill

then the blood spilled

in those far off lands.


Why the hell doesn't BP

simply plant some explosives

down there at five thousand feet,

and blow that well closed?


Tons of rock and

sand imploding

and sealing it off.


Do I really have to

answer that question?

They simply want

to keep pumping

that oil and sucking

the profit from that

ruptured hole, even as it

destroys our coastlines.


It is the almighty

dollar that rules

the control of that disaster.


But in that other

cursed oil hole

that has been ruptured

now for over seven years....

How many of you would willingly go

and take the place of some young,

tired face fighting in those two hells?


That's 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

on death row?

Send them over there,

let them replace some of our

precious youth who are dying.


They are dead men walking.


Let them walk on hot sand

and use their best killing skills

to get the job done.


Any objections to that?


I am off to Cocoa

beach next week

for fourteen days

of sun and fun.

but I would trade it all

if they would simply

equip me and send me

to give some poor

guy or girl a break

from that godawful place.


Lets start a

C-baggers list here,

true patriots willing

to go and fight

for a couple of weeks

in place of our tired troops.


Sign your name

in the comment box,

if you would be interested

in sacrificing two

weeks of your Summer.


It will be a paid vacation

in a place you've never been,

and you'll see lots of action.


Come on old warriors,

dig out those mothballed fatigues.

and offer to help.


I can send this to someone

in the defense department,

who might just

see the merit of it all

and maybe get

the ball rolling,.


But I'm gonna

need lots of names.

there are thousands over there

that would be happy to see

the newbies coming to grant them

some long deserved R+R.


I'll see ya in

Fallujah If all goes well,

Hell I'll even buy you a beer.


Just put your

John Hancock below,

and let's get these two wars

revitalized by an

infusion of patriotism

laid on the line.


By American citizenry

doing their part

in a bigger way.


You want 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 lot of troops

take a long needed nap.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MFB III


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    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for a wonderfully written challenge. I would go. My beautiful daughter is on her way overseas next month. I would gladly take her place. I've seen enough of this life to know, that for me, today is a good day to die.

      Namaste friend.

    • lisadpreston profile image


      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      I understand your love and compassion. I am willing to die for a cause but not murder for one. I would prefer that the soldiers be brought home and Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and all of the other greedy bastards and their families go fight the war that they started for no good reason other than to increase their bank accounts. If you line those assholes up then I might reconsider my position on being armed. A firing squad preferrably!

      I think the death row inmates and all prisoners should be working in America to make it stronger. They should earn their keep and suffer some sort of labor punishment other than working out in a weight room and playing cards all day. You know I am against the death penalty but I am certainly for punishment and reformation. I don't agree with all of your ideologies but your enthusiasm is inspiring. We should never send our soldiers, who are mostly very young and poor, to be murdered overseas. I think the military should be used as defense in case of attack. Being big bullies in third world countries is not defending my freedom. I blame the leaders though, not the poor soldiers who are brainwashed to think they are doing good. They are just the pawns doing the dirty work for the rich, greedy, corporation called America.

    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 

      8 years ago

      Uh oh............ I'm afraid of guns, but there might be something else! You have a good heart............ this is great!


    • ladyjane1 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      I would definitely go MFB. I have a nephew who is a fighter pilot in the navy and has gone a couple of times to Afghanistan and I would definitely be glad to take his place for 2 weeks so that he can spend time with his children and wife. Our men and women have definitely been over there way too long, time to bring them home. Nice job as always, cheers.

    • dkrainwater profile image


      8 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      Very nice! As a former Marine, I really appreciate your thoughts.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      I'm with you....why don't we send all the people on death row there! Why do they get to be safe in prison while innocent people are dying. Makes no sense. This world is crazy. Wonderful and touching poem!

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      I think it is time to give all the guns to the men in Washington.They like to think they are the big guns anyway.We will see if they can sling the bull or hide in the red tape.It is time to Keep are men safe and bring them home.Nice hub that pulls at your heart strings as always.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Good Golly Miss MOLLY, You are on fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I guess i could sign up and go as an R.N., but my shooten

      finger is crippled with that old ritis, i,ll say it again, "If all wars were fought by men over fifty, there would be no wars" only the good die young.

      GOD BLESS YOU MFBIII, my heart is with you, and don,t forget Micky

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Micky Michael Dee. I'll go damn it! I'll go and I'll stay for the duration. I would do what ever is required. It's not that I want to kill but I want to save. It's not that I want to posture some twisted capitalistic government run by people who will always send our best people to some hell hole thousands of miles away for OIL! And that's what the lies cover up. These yahoos can say what they want. George is in oil. George is oil, Cheney is in oil, Haliburton. WELL LET ME THINK!

      Regardless- put me down for going. I've had enough of cowardly repugnants- tea party or otherwise. They shout a great game but never enter the contest. I'm sick of democrats that are too scared to stand up when the counted are being counted.

      I'm sick of SUITS that buy people every day and refuse to pay their dues yet have that account in the Caymens!!! For all YOU tax dodgers- there's a hell waiting on you.

      Cocoa Beach eh man? I worked for Adventure Cycles in Cocoa and Merrit Island. Enjoy that seafood Brother. Stop by NC if you can!!!

      Meanwhile- sign me up for another tour! Semper Fi!!!


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