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Useful And Fantastic: Sent To The War

Val Yule brings a powerful anti-war poem, a poem more useful than a million tanks.

Dress me in khaki
wave from the shore
I'm leaving you fellows
I'm sent to the war.

Don't promise me glory
That meaning's unsure
It's kept for the dead when
They're sent to the war.

Don't promise me freedom
There's none any more.
It's not for a fellow
That's sent to the war.

Don't promise me love
It's not worth a straw
There's none of it lasts when
We're sent to the war.

Don't promise me Country,
Peace, Justice or Law,
You've sent them upriver
And me to the war.

Just bundle all up
that you've valued before,
It won't need a label
Just send to the war.

Tomorrow it's your turn
You'll cry and implore,
Then remember all us folk
You sent to the war.

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