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Do Not Go Gentile Into That Bad Fight ©

Written on the 17th of March 2003, the night that President George Bush addressed the American people and declared that the United Nations had failed in their duty to disarm Saddam Hussein. . . . . . and the horror of war in Iraq was now imminent.
This poem is a parody on Dylan Thomas' - ("Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night")

H Marshall
Scotland
2003

Do not go Gentile into that bad fight,
Carnage will turn you, knave, to lose the fray;
Wage, wage against the terrifying blight.

Show Hussein's men that might is not right,
Since words have not worked in diplomacy,
Do not go Gentile into that bad fight.

Young men, wave a goodbye, before the fight
Heroic deeds perchance to do this day,
Wage, wage against the terrifying blight.

Wild men, who fought and bang the gun in fright,
So stern, to date, believed it was the way,
Do not go Gentile into that bad fight.

Brave men, fear death, who see exploding light,
Blinding haze of desert on each hot day,
Wage, wage against the terrifying blight.

Curse you, cruel tyrant, there in your sad plight;
Nurse, help now with my piercing fears, I say
Do not go Gentile into that bad fight,
Wage, wage against the terrifying blight.


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