There are those who say
it's better to plunge
than slowly live
your life away
a squeezed-out sponge,
lowly, unobtrusive.

We all heard those
that recommend that bit,
the glory and the deed
of our GI joes,
but observed it
not observed with any speed

by them. As to quality,
what matter is
that millions die
with agreeable celerity
as we publicly kiss
our girls goodby,

and leave behind
safe and still savage
the generals in the rear
and the old men who'll find
other lands to ravage
and other peoples to fear.

But do we yet know
they send out the youth
glowing to die
the innocent hero
for still another truth
and still another lie.