requiem for a soldier poet
for general mamman vatsa
something lurked behind his verse, some
irony within, & compromised, was forced
to act for better or for worse.
soldier? poet? which nature came to fore,
prevailed which force behind the plotting?
which made the plan mature?
a soldier makes of death a game; can kill
without remorse. a poet, tho’ is pledged to life;
at minds & pathos aim.
a soldier poet can sway, choose death or
life if power might be gained; even wager
his life to win the day.
bullet or poem, which one is the way. but
should a poet come to power thru’ the
barrel of a gun?
something lurked behind his rhyme; some
enemy within betrayed him; alerted his
targets & gave them time
to sniff around, investigate; put two &
two together. some disabused themselves in
time; for him it was too late.
plot expose, his plan accursed his reckless
gamble left a bloody poem, his body; a
riddled corpse, his verse.
© Joseph McNair;2009