Casualties Were Few.

What Toritto has so poignantly expressed in poetic form is so very true and tragic!

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We lost two in Afghanistan in April; four this year.  Our President is considering sending more troops. It has been sixteen years.

The casualties were few we’re told
while preparing to withdraw
Just three last month in Kandahar
Your son, my son and a boy from Florida.

“Your son, like mine, your eldest boy?
Handsome, straight and tall?
Mine too, a young wide receiver
beloved by one and all.”

Do you remember when they left
the sea of flags a flying?
The speeches made, while bands they played
no talk among our sons of dying.

Do you remember when they left
so young and eager to get going
while old men nodded to each other
in the secret code of knowing?

And now each sleeps in a pewter box
A flag draped casket, flying home
A cargo plane to Wilmington
the final miles before it’s done.

“No pictures please of caskets!”

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7 thoughts on “Casualties Were Few.

    • How right you are Toritto! And that is why they have no problem sending our sons and daughters off to fight their wars, they got no skin in what is to them merely a ‘game’.

      You certainly nailed it!

      I can’t thank you enough for this!

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