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He Had Scrambled Brains For Breakfast Since 1968

Updated on November 29, 2012

He Had Scrambled Brains For Breakfast

He had scrambled brains for breakfast,

Since 1968.

No matter what he ordered,

They were always on his plate.

He took his coffee black,

Another bitter pill.

Yes his mind is whack,

From when his country said, “Go kill!”

It’s not because it’s French,

But he doesn’t like French toast.

It’s the thought of all the hawks,

And how they love to boast.

He doesn’t have a hankering for,

That savory taste of ham,

He thinks of the thousands of times,

A human was slaughtered like a lamb.

Hold the sausage links,

He doesn't want the nice patties.

He always sees the dark figures,

In Vietnam’s rice paddies.

He doesn’t want the grits,

His brothers were blown to bits.

He doesn’t order the eggs,

For the missing arms and legs.

He can’t use any condiments,

Like the mustard on his sleeve.

There was no time to bury,

Not even time to grieve.

He doesn’t like the sound,

Of eggs frying in a pan.

He’s reminded of his leaders,

Who are always lying to this man.

He doesn’t like hash-browns,

Because of “suits” and other clowns.

He doesn’t savor French fries,

Because of all the lies.

He can’t eat,

The sizzling bacon.

Because of the politicians,

And the lives that they are takin’.

He’ll not again try,

Their pie in the sky,

As long as the rich decide,

Who is going to die.

Just like the grits,

He’s just a filler,

Just follow the money,

To the cereal killer.

Hold the mayo,

Keep the bread,

Just give the Soldier,

Some beans instead.

Just give the Marines,

A can of your hottest beer,

A simple plate of beans,

And we’ll get out of here.

He doesn’t wish to upset,

But he hopes you’re comprehensive.

He ran from a football field to a killing field,

And found Tet to be offensive.

by Micky Dee


Wife of Vietnam Veteran
Wife of Vietnam Veteran

KatyWhoWaited- letters from Vietnam!


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless you Pearldiver. I do need some parts. God bless brother!

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      Rob Welsh 

      7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Man... If you need any parts.. let me know what I can share with you... write your pain away Micky, write it all away.. it shows your heart in all the very best ways mate!

      Thank you my friend.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      You know I love you BrotherMan Tony!

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      The fat cats live in luxury while the ordinary folks get killed for their lies. Leaves a very bad taste in the mouth and lots of pain in the heart.

      Take care, my brotherman, and thanks for the awareness.

      Love and peace


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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You're a treasure Pmccray. God bless you my dear!

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Thanks you and all the vets you've shown on this hub for your service. We that will never suffer the scourge of war are unaware of how life's most simplest treasures can leave a bad taste in ones mouth. Great poem my friend.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Dude! I'm living on water and air now! I am getting stuff out of my head. It'll come back though. God bless Brother!

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      Now I know why they call it a Die-it, there are some foods that can trigger old haunts in vets, a rare steak with burnt edges, like a sculpture to napalm. Enjoyed this Mickey I think??? Guess I'll have a peanut butter and grape jam sandwich for lunch and skip the red jelly, LOL for obvious reasons....And I am off tomato juice for at least two weeks......MFB III

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Oh Nell! I just love to see your avatar. I await your next masterpiece with great eagerness!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, this is an amazing way with words, as Valerie said, it is sad but funny at the same time. My dad was in the army in WW2 and my mum was in the airforce, I also had an uncle who was a pilot of a lancaster bomber and he crashed in Scotland on the way back from a bomb drop, it was sad because he was a great swimmer, but because the plane crashed into a river, it hit a bridge, he went back to save his mate but got caught under the plane. My dad was always a bit jumpy and never liked going out after the war, I was born years after of course, but I always remember that he would change the subject when I asked about him getting shot. So I totally understand the shell shock and the never really getting over it, so nice one and I am now going over to take a look at what else you have written when I have turned my back for two minutes! ha ha cheers nell

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Ladyjane! War is hell. There is a lot of "retraining" soldiers go through in try to fit in when they are a little broken, cracked, or "ajar". I'm still trying to geet some things straight. There's a hole that needs repairing or filling. Thank you Ma'am.

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      8 years ago from Texas

      What an amazing poem and it conveys so much. Although my father was in a different war than vietnam he was in WWII and although I wasnt born until way after that I know that my father must have come back a totally different person. He would sit in the closet during a thunderstorm ever since I can remember because he couldnt stand the sound of thunder. I know he was a classic case of a shell shocked person. He was a wonderful man but he came back different and for the rest of his life he was a manic depressive. Yea war is so senseless and as they say war is hell. Thanks for sharing this and thanks for serving our country. Cheers.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I leave here for a bit and all my friends sneak up on me!

      itakins- Oh yeah- that one. I forget. Thank you!

      Yo yo Prasetio! My prayers are with you Brother Man. I'll come see you soon!

      habee- thank you Dear Heart for coming by!

      KFlippin! After election they are all republicans There are no democrats after elections. Check out the records. You are right- TERM LIMITS for sure. Good luck on that one my dear. Thank you!

      Liswilliams- thank you very much my Dear!

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      8 years ago from South Africa

      that's briliant, Micky. You have a way with words

    • KFlippin profile image


      8 years ago from Amazon

      Hi Micky, I wanted you to know that I've read and re-read this poem several times over the past couple of days. It is very thought provoking, and it helps a great deal to understand the call to some kind of global peace and sharing from those like you who have personally experienced the tragedy of war.

      But, I still just don't see how America is perceived as so ungiving to others, and no matter how many historic events are analyzed and torn apart and found caused by capitalism (falsely IMO re: 911) I can't think of any other country of any consequence in this world that has done so much good for so many, and we live each day with a personal freedom unknown to so many, thanks to men such as yourself who have given the most. Many thanks for a truly moving poem.

      And we do need someone in the White House who is not part of the great 'one' party that has controlled the direction of our country for some time now, and term limits on Congressmen asap.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome job, Mick! Kudos to you and your fellows in arms.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother micky, the first time I read the tittle very surprising me. But I love this poem. You complete this with beautiful pictures. That's make this hub so different with others. Good work, Micky. My pray always for you. Take care!


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      8 years ago from Irl

      Hi Micky

      'Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh." ~George Bernard Shaw' your comment to Valerie.

      Sorry for any confusion:)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      We can study American businessmen creating havoc all over the "Americas". Study United Fruit Company and the mine owners. Same with Pat Robertson and Charles Taylor and blood diamonds. We can study the oil companies displacing people today. We can study America's aid to Hitler and Germany plus eugenics, the war on the week. America was front runner in that $#i!. Oh we can say that we went here and there for all kinds of reasons.

      Let's try to focus on George W. Bush's presidency and treason at LEAST. I say the World Trade Center was brought down by the murderers in Bush company. If not these sleaze have covered it up. NASTY PEOPLE! sure we'll talk about the present republican, Obama, if you'd like but what's the point? Once elected- they are all republicans. We could talk about that great republican, Bill Clinton if you'd like. What's the point. Unbridled capitalism is satanism. That's something a lot of you folks just won't grasp Springboard. If this country doesn't uphold and strive with all its might to uphold the Golden Rule it's Satanism.

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      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I always try to see both sides. Yes, the powerful and rich do decide who is going to die. Saddam Hussein, for example saw it fit to kill millions of Kurds. He decided. Adolf Hitler thought Jews were vermin. He decided. Mussolini. Stalin. Mao. They all decided.

      Sometimes the 'boys' have to go in and risk it all, at the decision of the rich and powerful HERE who have the ability to decide to STOP the killing—even if MEANS killing. Even if some people will have to die to stop the killing.

      Because if you let the rich and poweful who kill for malice, pleasure, or insanity (like Hussein, Hitler, Stalin, Mao) to do their business unfettered, then it's not like having the rich and powerful decide for US anymore—it is a virtual suicide to sit back and do nothing. Before you know it the BAD, rich, and powerful maniacs will decide to pay us a visit and do their bidding on us as they do on their own.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey Freya! You are so delightful!

      You deserve sonnets written for you every day Hummingbird!

    • Hummingbird5356 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the little poem for me. :-)

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      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Great work, King Micky. Like always. :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Carolina Muscle! I love your latest- "I saw it in a comic book! Outrageous! You're invulnerable!

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      very strong work and words!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I stepped away for awhile and my friends have flooded me. God bless you folks. I honestly love you. You all support me and these simple words I have. The thoughts come in and out. A theme flutters in. I have no idea sometimes how a poem will end. Sometimes I say something to be funny. Sometimes I just have to let it be whatever it is. I've been working on our local bike ride for tomorrow. I have a truck so it was needed for coolers, tents, etc. I'll put my feet up because I have to rise early and I'll try to ride a 100 miles and I'll try to keep up with the lead group. This is a tall order. Then I'll try to take pictures of the riders starting off slowly. I'll try to take pics of most folk. Maybe this means I'll ride at the back starting and try to catch the lead before they shred me. Maybe nothing works but I'll try. But I want to say God bless you. Thanks for showing me love!

      God bless lorlie! I'm with you. I don't see the need for the fighting.

      Thank you Billy. Let's keep the faith and spread the Good Word and cling to that Golden Rule.

      Rossimobis, my Son! You can't mean you like that 50 Caliber Dude, Brother Man? I love that old Jarhead too!

      And 2uesday! 2uesday will brighten any day of the week!

      poetvix- You know I love you Girl. Thank you Ma'am!

      itakins- Thank you very much. God bless. Tell me though, please, what quote was that from George Bernard Shaw? I've scoured it but I have half-himers. I've said there isn't anything new to write about just a different way to tell it.

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      8 years ago from Irl

      Great work Micky ,and I love the GB Shaw quote.You paint a startlingly vivid picture of what war really is about--greed and inhumanity!

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      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What can I say other than the truth and honest emotion of this broke my heart? It is a great write, like all of yours I have read but, in my opinion, this one is great for a different reason. I normally see a dry wit in what I have read from you but this one contains raw emotion. My hat would be off to you if I wore one.

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      8 years ago

      Keep writing Micky - the world needs people reminding them of this and I think the way you write it into poetry works extremely well. I hope one day the world will be a better place but I do not see many signs of it starting to happen at the moment. Well done.

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      He ran from a football field to a killing field...Bro this is a true picture of what is happening today. The atomic bombs!Dad always tell me that the past reflects in the future,thanks for sharing this and greetings to the vets,the 2nd in the row is 'MA MAN'

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      8 years ago

      Another hub to get people remembering and thinking - something we don't do anymore. Thanks Micky for that.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Dear God, Micky-the war will never end for our generation. You've put words to governmental atrocities so wondrously.

      Thank you.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Brother DREAM ON! When someone says "magical words" like you are using- it's nourishing! It's the flower appreciating the sun!God bless!

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Your hubs are worth rereading over and over again.Sometimes I see things I miss the first time around.You really help so many.I thought when you have a bad day this could set you straight.Thanks again for being a friend.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you AE for the heads up. I'll go check her out.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Bobbi. What you say is all true. Mercenaries are called "independent contractors" now. I guess politically correct murderers gave them a raise.

      Peggy- you always "push my buttons"!

      Sorry- I almost said that on your hub awhile ago. My teacher in high-school said I had a warped sense of humor. She was right.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Micky, i,m back to tell you about a girl iv,e been following for a long time, i got so upset reading her hub today her name is( christalluna1124 )and the hub name is ( An American Disgrace) just thought people might like to read it, it opened my eyes to more horrors

      in this country.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Forgot to push your buttons! Rating this awesome, useful and up!

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      8 years ago from New York

      Well as my husband read this hub he said: "Is there ever a good reason for war?" He is right, big business look at our military as cannon fodder to make them money and help take whatever they want. I hate to think of our young men and women as poorly paid mercenaries but it's the USA's fault for allowing it if they are. Black Water became guns for hire because I suspect those guys felt used and decided since they were trained as mercenaries anyway they may as well cash in on being Real mercenaries for big biz. Sad, but likely true. Great write as usual and oh so moving.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Darling Exploring. The Gulf of Tonkin lie led to full scale war-fare. But Americans cannot believe anything that comes out of a "leader". They just stink.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What can i say, everything you write about is truth. I went back and took a second look at your lightened hub

      politicans, i can,t believe i got so mad and i feel the same way today.Everytime i eat an egg,i,ll think about

      the Nam vets and what you all went through, all for a political lie.

      God,s Speed

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You are so right Peggy. The rich are sending us out for "their" resources. Later, they will say that they worked for "their" resources. Nobody "works" for millions and billions of dollars. They steal it off the backs of others. We are our brother's keeper. No nation, no business, no leader can forsake the Golden Rule. THE LAW is that we do unto others as we would have done to us!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! This was powerful and the words well chosen. This just might be the best hub that I have ever read of yours (not that I have read all of them yet), Micky. We need soldiers to protect us from harm but one can only hope that when they are put into harm's way...there is a good reason.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      The Hummingbird, and especially this one,

      Is one of my favorite birds.

      Please believe me when I say,

      These are not idle words.

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      8 years ago

      Another masterpiece. You put a whole range of feelings and images in so few words.

      Thank you.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You're a true Brother, Brother Man!

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      8 years ago

      Bless you soldier and all others. I feel your pain, really I do. Well told in the only way I think you could. Rest those weary atoms of your mind my friend, when you can.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey there Darling Sa'ge! I love you too Sweetie!

      Dim- you know I love you too- now don't tell your husband or your cat.

      The pictures are of lovely people and a beautiful country. God bless!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Awesome, Micky. I´m finally realising what a poet you are as well as funny,deepfeeling,and wise man.

      The pics alongside were heartstabbing. Brought it to life even more. ! Thank you. as always, Dim x

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      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Micky; I am at a loss, I think you know what I mean! God bless your gift to mankind! Love you MD!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      DREAM ON- those are as pretty words as I can ever write. God bless Sir! Let's lift our people up!

      Mquee- don't you melt down there in sandlapper country! Semper Fi!

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      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Mickey, just so deep my friend. I thank you for acknowledging me.

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      You express thoughts others try to surpress.You lift our hearts to a higher level than we thought possible.You make the tears flow like the rapids in the spring.You are a wonderful man who keeps trying to make us understand.Some people will notice.Others will hold carefully in their hands the words that you speak.I will keep trying to find the Love for all the people that didn't have a winning hand.Thanks to the soldiers who keep us safe.God Bless.Great emotional hub.Take care and stay safe.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Oh blackreign! You're the queen! God bless my Dear!

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      8 years ago

      BRAVO!! I thoroughly enjoyed this masterpiece. Wow Mickey you are a great writer ~hugs~

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Valerie. Thank what I was going for. It's reality seen at some breakfast. Not necessarily today. I'm now a "vegetarian so I wouldn't eat most of that anyway.

      Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh." ~George Bernard Shaw

      Hey Brother Man Saddlerider! We all just try to hang in there and be at our best at that right time like in that last hub I saw at your place- The Lineman?!

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      8 years ago

      Sad. indeed the killing fields were for real. I've read of the horrors you brave marines went through. Dole pineapple wonder why I hate pineapple now. peace bro

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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Sad meaning even though it is expressed in an almost humerous manner. (:v


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