The judge said ‘I will not punish him; his life is sad enough.’
The man, with no pay, no family, no friends, was allowed to go.
His lawyer smiled to himself, pleased with the defense.
This same lawyer who lost it all to drink.
I saw the man whose brain was operated on
Shuffling down the main street
In slippers and white robe,
A vacant look in his eyes and drool on his chin.
Roosevelt and Kipling told their boys to go to war for great adventure.
One boy had his head exploded by a machine gun
And the other was bayonetted through the ribs.
Both fathers never recovered.
Let the photographer save the moment
Pay the late fees as they come.
Grasp the money to your chest
As your heart explodes and see how far the money will take you.
Be the best friend to your love,
Hold your child to you tightly
and be kind to those you encounter.
It is painful to spend Christmas alone.