Don’t Thank Me…

It’s soon to be November 11th

so people who don’t know

what the real significance

of the day is,

that is,

commemorating the end of world war one,

the armistice,


those people

who know it only as the celebration

of militarism and nationalism,

the jingoist tradition it has become

those people will try to thank me

but they have nothing to thank me for

don’t thank me,

forgive me, please

and save your breath

to thank a tree for the air you breathe

and thank a cloud for the water you drink

and thank a farmer for the food you eat

and thank a teacher if you’ve ever learned anything

and thank a musician if you’ve ever danced

and thank lady luck if you’ve ever won at a game of chance

and thank a doctor if they ever healed you

and thank a firefighter if they ever saved you from the flames

but don’t thank me

forgive me, please

and I will forgive you

for blindly funding the war

that I am a veteran of.


About soitgoes1984

I live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean in the Hawaiian Kingdom which is currently illegally occupied by the American government. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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