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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

Looney Tunes

When we were kids,
we were oh so serious
about playing war.
We had the leftover helmets
from the big war
our fathers lived through,
the one some of them survived.
A few of us had Red Ryder BB guns,
a misfit for our silly games,
but more real than the sticks
the rest of us carried.

When we were teens,
some of us in our twenties,
we were still kids,
even though we thought
we were men,
just because we were
far from home.
Some of us thought
we were still playing war,
though most of us knew
it was a deadly serious sport.

Now that we are old,
we know how foolish we were.
How silly of us
to think that any of it
was ever a game.

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