Posted by: David Harley | April 5, 2013

Soldier you come you go

A thousand years of rape
lie easy on my body
a thousand years of blood and fear
a million miles of marching feet and refugees

soldieryou come
you go
bring wampum, cookies
beads and rings

soldier
you come
you go
trade pretty things
for my pretty thing

cropped hair
and death-in-life hero eyes
how long
before you spread your epaulettes
and fly?

(smoke your Luckies
drink your wordseat your candy
suck you dry)

soldier
you come
you go

Published in Chaff 2, 1985. Copyright David Harley 1976. There’s actually a tune for this, which I may get round to (re-)recording one fine day. (Which is why it’s also on the music site.)

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