Conscription smoke

Oh no, no sir-
You just don’t understand.
I’m not among these crowds
so I can touch your hand

well there’s a whole lot of wishing
people around me, whispering, pushing,
and you’re standing up there like the Pope
Only- I’ve seen what you’re made of
and you certainly don’t represent hope

but you’re up there in your Government seat
pasting smaller faces all over your deceit
and these people all around me
they call out your name,
they’re not even aware
that they’re nothing to your game
And that while you’re up there
with your kind words and smiles,
all you see before you
are waves of vote numbers
and social security files

Up there, you claim to despise unnecessary death
yet you support conscription in the very next breath,
and you lean your pampered plumpness back
appoint someone else to take the slack,

then you stand up and bellow
that you are the law
and declare with pride
that WE are going to war

So you see, sir, I’m just out here
trying to understand
why the people around me
are still eating from your hand

and I wonder, how you think you can repay
the life of some-one’s son
whose head was blown away.

And as you lay the blame on the enemies gun
I hunger for my day
I’ll cover all the angles
there’ll be nowhere left to run
And I’ll pump you full of lead
till I’m damn sure you’re dead
and I’ll do it because,
well, it just had to be done.

You see, we saw it together on the television screen,
to this day I can still hear my mother’s scream.

And while you watched him fall
you counted him as ‘just another’,

But when I watched him fall
I saw the death of my brother.

Conscription smoke


Cape Town, South Africa

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Artist's Description

I wrote this in the early 80’s. I guess the principle of war hasn’t changed though. I’ve not shared this with a wider audience before.

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