Be No More


drilled and drilled

and twiddled


be a hero


months of monotonous life

with smalltime

religious education


be a hero


patted and



be a hero


death struggles


be a hero


smiles of the girls

and old men


be a hero


months of

life meals


be a hero


a little war

growing within


be a hero


lavish expenditure


be a hero


secular education of

pickles and cheese


be a hero


fed and caressed


be a hero


for the youth

had believed

old ideas



   Mike Ferguson
Illustration Nick Victor


[found in The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane]



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