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Service With a Smile

A Poem

By Atomic HistorianPublished 9 months ago 1 min read
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Isn’t it dandy

I got a chest full of candy

My body’s broken

But I’ve got my tokens

Of respect

Damaged my back

Damaged my neck

Constant pain

Dripping down my spine

They promise one day I’ll be fine

But right now

It’s all that’s on my mind

Try to unwind after the day

Thinking about all the hardship

For this meager pay

But they all say

“Thank you for your service”

But do we deserve this

Your country needs you

But when it’s done

God forbid they feed you

Much less take care of your ailments

They say "push through it"

But that’s how I blew it

That’s how we are

We work with our scars

Until it’s gone too far

All for what?

To afford college?

A car?

How much you want to bet

You get out

You’re working with no net

You’re just another broken vet

A reject

Promises made

We’ll take care of you

They say

Repeating history

We’re just the new Bonus Army

Here to pay the price

For those too rich

To stick their head in the vice

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Atomic Historian

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock9 months ago

    Thank you for your service, Atomic, & may the day soon come when we all put politics aside & keep the promises we made to you & each every vet. My sister works as a counselor in a V. A. Hospital & I greatly appreciate all they do, but as a country, we promised more.

  • Babs Iverson9 months ago

    Awesome poem!!! Well stated!!! Left some love!!!

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