when words fail me, which is often, I paint. When words work for me and are available on time, I am surprised.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Phone Calls

ooh I'm scared.
I answer, the woman on the other end of the line asks for My oldest son by name.
Assuming incorrectly the caller is calling in reference to a College Loan, I reply, "He is unavailable, may I take a message?"
- Do you have pen and paper ready?
- This is ____ _____ calling from the US Army Recruiting headquarters and my number is-
-That won't be necessary mam, I say. My son isn't going to join your army, my son won't be fighting in any rich corporation's pig war. My son will not be any Fascist's pawn.

-Will you give him my number and let him tell me that for himself?

I hang up the phone and think to myself- How arrogant are these people? I live my life to raise these boys, teach them right from wrong, educate them, to pray and work diligently to keep them ALIVE- Alive I am saying out loud now.
And these people call my house where I pay the mortgage and I pay the phone bill and I raised my children and sheltered them from harm
and now here they are
FINE Healthy, young MEN
And you want to slip them some funky assed false promises and some petty assed amount of cash
to gear up in bullets and grenades and go off to the middle east to go murder innocent people- who won't even be counted
or to be blown up by hapless roadside bombs or shot full of holes- murdered to DEATH!
So some Fat Freaking Pigs in OPEC and the US government and Corporate oil Disney trader land can have even more money????
NO WAY- shut the F up! Don't call me anymore and no-
you cant have my sons- send your own!

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There was another call this morning (which fuels the rant)
tragedy, gut ripping sadness
it's on Numb Benign- the group blog I participate in
the link is over there- on the bottom right-
Holden Caulfield- get your catchers mitt on- damn it!


ds said...

had I followed my life, I would probably be over there right now digging into Ur or somewhere less grand. Or in Israel, also waiting to get shot at. Well as either.

what is history without a current

Michelle O'Neil said...

Nice rant Stace! You tell 'em!

Laura said...

Ooh! Rant away. When I get the phone call 11 years from now I'll have to remember your words!