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cost of war#1

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flew a hearse in Vietnam
swing low sweet chariot
coming for to carry them home

except ours stank
all sloshy in their
body bags

no flags
or squared corners
the middlemen
to the morgues

phan thiet and can tho and ban me thuot
and and pleiku and lots of little forts
to saigon and cam ranh bay
and fallujah and najaf and
and tikrit and mosul to
baghdad and basra to quatar
morgues

now the first lady says
"time heals all things"
on her patch of prai*rie grass
in Texas with
her circle of life
attitude.

time didn't heal me
to be smoothed out
and unruffled.

is anybody pissed?

jim willingham
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