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The All-Too-Familiar Tune

Sink a ship
Down a plane
Bomb a harbor
The result's the same

Send our boys
Send our might
Right or wrong
We shall have a fight

Cities burn
Mothers cry
Pundits scream
They all must die!

In the ashes
In the trench
Lives are lost
To serve the rich

Across the ocean
On a foreign border
Out of war
Comes the New World Order



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Nice

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Bill3

Welcome back.

Molly Hatchet- Fall Of The Peacemakers


http://youtu.be/2cs4NADlbxk
A king without a sword
A land without a king
A truth without a voice
One song left to sing
One song to sing

A wise man told me there's something you should know
The way you judge a man is you look into his soul
And you'll soon see everything.

A voice from the past cried "Give peace a chance"
He paid our price now he's free at last
And imagine, we called him a dreamer!
How many times must good men die?
How many tears will the children cry?
'Till we suffer no more sadness
Stop the madness,
Oh, stop the madness.

If ashes are ashes and dust is dust
At our journey's end then return we must
To the sands of the shore
White doves then fly
Peace to all
But tell me why the peacemakers fall
Must we bury any more?

The hush of the crowd as the horse rode by
A black lace veil hid the tears from her eyes
And we all wept in silence
How many times must good men die?
How many times will the children cry?
'Till we suffer no more sadness
Oh, stop the madness
Oh, stop all the madness.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

Glad to see this made

the Front Page. Looking forward to seeing more of your work here, mingeem. Thanks for sharing that gem with us.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Love this!

tks for sharing

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Thank you,

needs to be repeated a zillion times.

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Hey DeLaRocha

Great Stuff!

Very RATM sounding.

Thanks for posting, hope you share some more in the future.

Nice jrd

That may have been the greatest compliment I have ever received.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

Very good, Mingeem

I hope you will be encouraged to write more! Your poem reminded me of one of my favorite anti-war songs. Sad but all too true, as you well know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsL1BB-MOvE

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

I usually don't comment in these poetry threads, but I enjoyed

this one quite a bit.

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks dwalters

I always enjoy your posts.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

I appreciate it...

Again, nice work.

That was good.

Very good.

Thanks, mingeem. I know of

another poem with a similar sentiment, by John Trudell. If you saw Thunderheart, he was "Jimmy," the Indian they were after. In real life (too), he's been an activist, incl. former chairman of AIM, the American Indian Movement ("ARM" in the film). Aside from living the tragedy of what was happening on reservations in the 70's, he dealt with great personal tragedy. It's amazing to me he was able to keep moving forward. He said that after the loss of his family he was drawn to the arts - and maybe that had something to do with it.

In any event, I think he's come to some key realizations about the human condition, as expressed in his song "Rich Man's War" (for one), things that help to keep him/anyone grounded & focused in a positive direction vs. allowing experiences to make us bitter individuals, eaten up on the inside. For me, if I came upon them via a different path, much is summed up in these "trilogies" - qualities to both observe and foster in everyday life: "truth, beauty, & goodness" and "reverence, gratitude, & awe." Thanks again for the poem. Here's JT's: "Rich Man's War." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDOZ00A1aos

“All we can do is speak our truths. We can’t go and try to change people. We have to speak our truths.” John Trudell

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

That was great!

Thank you for sharing that. My poem is elementary compared to "Rich Man's War". I know what is missing.

Can we form a Daily Paul drum circle?

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

DP Drum Circle ~ Great idea!

I'm glad you liked the poem, too. FYI, here are the words. http://www.lyrics.com/rich-mans-war-lyrics-john-trudell.html

I sometimes used to put that song on repeat. There were some other good songs on the CD, but that song really resonated with me - the *sound* as well as words and, yeah, likely having to do with those DRUMS! Naturally... I'm now reminded of other music, two albums by members of rock groups from my generation, actually.

First (and maybe you saw this when I posted it at the jam session), Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble. Robbie Robertson is formerly w/The Band. All the songs on that CD feature great drumming, but here's a favorite: Mahk Jchi, tr. Heartbeat Drum Song.
http://youtu.be/V741ZO5Bbeo

Also, the album Planet Drum, by Mickey Hart, of the Grateful Dead. In a nutshell, he travelled the world and collected great drumming songs from all different cultures. I've only really listened to this album as a whole - pretty much "one long song." I don't see it on line, but most of the songs can be found on youtube individually (I've included just one that I like). Plus Amazon has a sampler:
Sampler http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Drum-Mickey-Hart/dp/B0013LL00E
Evening Samba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGUvdqoK6Ak

Yeah, a DP drum circle. Should we all meet in the woods or at the beach? :)
http://www.newview.org/salem/photos/daw_drum_circle_small.jpg
https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/producti...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Wow, Mahk Jchi is very spiritual.

Our drum circle should definitely be deep in the woods. We're just too fringy to be out in the open on a beach.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

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lol. Right?

We can't just be having random drum circles in open public and whatnot. It might make ppl nervous and then they might call the police and the feds would get involved. It could become messy. Deep in the woods is best.

Am I being detained, or am I free to drum?

That's how it would go down.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

That's how it *has* gone down.

You were right about potential risks! Here's what has happened in Miami and Venice (LA).
http://www.miamidrums.com/full-moon-drum-circle-miami-miami-...
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/04/07/43328/3-arrested-at-veni...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir