ONE OF OUR TANKS IS MISSING DID YOU KNOW?

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ONE OF OUR TANKS IS MISSING DID YOU KNOW?

missiles flew, blood spewed
soldiers died
and those others
the children in their wombs
of wood and concrete
with mothers and fathers
they died bleeding at home
in hospitals, on streets
on the thirsty desert sand

others died too
no blood was spilled
four brave soldiers in a steel box
Abrams battle tanks
drivers on their backs
infrared TV screens
steel elephants nose to tail
elephants don’t belong in a desert
darkness, sand, an unfamiliar bridge

four marines on their way to spill blood
– maybe even their own –
slipped, skidded into watery hell
upside down, turret in the mud
no escape
no one noticed
the air ran out
slowly

a weapon useless
a weapon lifeless
damp and dark
120-mm is cold
it never fired shots
heavy uranium shells
never spit hot metal
into flesh

four brave men
heroes
posthumous medals
flag-draped coffins
grieving families
four men are heroes
they will never kill

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