Saluting Boots n' Helmets (Veterans)

Elove Poetry By Elove Poetry, 10th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Soldiers are warmongers yet peacekeepers, angels yet devils, republics fight to protect their territorial integrity, all by these gallant men who selflessly give themselves out for their country...


We are veterans (and vegetarians),

Served in our countries’ Defence Forces

When we were warriors in our clans,

Earned no UN or AU allowances

But pride for defending our land, our people,

Fighting the colonists

From Rhodesia to Abyssinia –

World War I and II, even when it was cold;

Retired honourably

After the failed coups

To overthrow post-colonial governments.

We salute them

Boots n’ helmets of defence forces,

Paid from the taxpayer’s coffers

Yet they pay tax

Said to be idle in the barracks

Fattening on exchequer

When they actually are training

Readying for deployment,

Living in bivouac

On long ago packaged rations,

Walk miles wearing sad smiles

In Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia

Fox-holed, when they own bungalows,

Rain bombs in the area, and

Leave others unexploded

Donate their half-eaten army biscuits

To impoverished and famished kids

Of the internally displaced persons, and refugees;

Reduce cities to ruins

And burry they enemies under the rubble,

Make daughters n’ mothers their ‘comfort women’

Thence give human rights a field day.

We salute them

Operation Kill Osama is a great success

Al Shabaab no longer want to go to Alaska

Kismayo is the headquarters of African Union,

Al Qaeda is becoming a charity organization,

All terrorists murdered,

Taliban have become vigilantes,

And Boko Haram is no longer a harem;

We salute them, boots n’ helmets

Despots leave their power trappings

If democracy is a distant planet

NATO supplies the bombs, UN the fighter jets

Bomb everything is what AU orders the pilots.

We salute them all

Boots and helmets of defence forces.

Copyright ©Elove Poetry, 2013


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author avatar M G Singh
11th Jul 2013 (#)

A Great poem. I really appreciate it

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author avatar Elove Poetry
11th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan for reading. and finding it a great read.

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author avatar Trillionaire
12th Jul 2013 (#)

Nice poem.

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