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by Brian Dickenson (Age: 82)
copyright 12-29-2005

Age Rating: 10 +

I think this is more relevant as time goes on.
I wonder; what will be the excuse to invade Iran?

I think the last stanza of this offering is being answered.

We are bringing
Democracy's torch.
Thoí your land,
We may have to scorch.

Of our guns and our bombs
You need not be afraid.
Or the graveyards aplenty,
That we have made.

Itís all in the name of freedom.
Nothing to do with your oil.
Then maybe you would not have seen us
If you had nothing but rock under soil.

Our leaders are great chanting slogans.
And brilliant at waving the flag.
But in meetings that they have in secret,
Do they count up the dead, do they brag?

We are leaving you
Democracy's torch.
Now itís all down to you
How much more you will scorch.

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        04-15-2007     Greg Kis        

Brian, If we follow the money trail in this political world, we can always find a reason why we do what we do. The question also arises - Do the people we seek to "help" really want our help-and do they want democracy?

        01-04-2006     David Pekrul        

This is a sad commentary, but I think there is a lot of truth in it. Thanks for this, Brian, it certainly makes one think.
Check out my poem 'Gee Bee The Rooster' at
I think you can figure out who Gee Bee is.

        12-30-2005     Brian Dickenson        

In answer to Rogers question about the last stanza. It is both.

        12-30-2005     Richard Reed Jr        

Again, you hit the nails right on their heads with a beautiful flowing and well crafted poem.

I agree with all of Roger's comments.

Keep them coming!


        12-29-2005     Roger Crique        

I like the "enter/ exit" style of this poem. It raises critical questions about our leaders and their intentions while invading a land. One invades a country, hopefully with the right intentions and not to plunder resources. In your first stanza, it should be, "Democracy's torch." The last stanza is a bit confusing to me, is it a question or a statement?

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