like the good old days…

field of dreams

ain’t nothing new
‘bout
the way
we’re treating vets
after
the
so-called
revolutionary war
our
first civil war
profiteers
thanked vets
by stealing
the land they had
defended
with
their lives
leaving them
penniless
and
homeless
been that way
with profiteers
every since
oh some
people have
stepped up
recently
to help
but
those corporations
and
individuals
who’ve really profited
from
their service
and
lives lost
haven’t done
a damn thing
‘cept to say
thank you for your service
and
congress
only does
what they’re
forced to do
so many vets
are right where
the first
patriot soldiers were
with
no place to sleep
no meals to eat
and
no meds to suppress
the nightmares
of
blood and body parts
all they get
is an overdose
of
police
those
desk jockeys
that didn’t see
combat
so
do keep
your sorry ass
thank you for your service
till some
real help
is offered

thank you for your service…

a phrase
appended
to
small discounts
and
the occasional free meal
but
everytime
i hear that phrase
i wonder
why
it’s always
the worker bees
folks
like you
and
me
expressing
their gratitude
for
something
the drones
those
fat cat politicians
and
business execs
gained from
those
insincere flag wavers
who
like
drones
in a queenless hive
are
permitted
to survive
living off
the lives
and
deaths
of others
so
it should be
no
surprise
that
they encourage
everyone else
to
repeat
what they should say
but
if the nation
was
really
all that appreciative
wouldn’t there be
fewer homeless
better medical care
or
something other than
words
for them
to have
maybe
some of that corporate honey
you know
the money
made
from
soldier’s
and
family’s sacrifices
for
the corporate
nation
something
more
than
thank you for your service