combat writing badge C O M B A T
the Literary Expression of Battlefield Touchstones
ISSN 1542-1546 Volume 03 Number 01 Winter ©Jan 2005

Want? ... Not Much

      What do I want? ... not much.
      I want to honorably serve my country;
      And for my military expertise not to be squandered.
      I want the sacrifices of my comrades to be appreciated;
      And for politicians to stop taking credit for our achievements.
      I want our history to be remembered;
      And for the persistent legacy of enmity to cease.
      I want our battle monuments to caution our leaders;
      And for the desecration of our national symbols to halt.

      What do I want? ... not much.
      I want our common laws to become commonplace;
      And for our statutes to be reduced to an honor code.
      I want government to get off everybody's back;
      And for bureaucrats to go out and find REAL jobs.
      I want the media to stop telling lies;
      And for no one to ever again excuse misconduct.
      I want teachers to stop preaching;
      And for preachers to start ministering.

      What do I want? ... not much.
      I want narcissism to transform itself into altruism;
      And for people to stop abusing themselves.
      I want people to respect their differences;
      And for neighbors to willingly help each other.
      I want the weak and vulnerable protected;
      And for sanctuary to comfort the dispossessed.
      I want peace and love, kindness and charity to prevail;
      And I want to pound the hell out of everyone who disagrees!

by Erin Galloglass
... who is a combat disabled veteran, a bookseller, and freelance writer.