A Danny Deever Do-Over

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling. 

“What’s on the news this mornin’, Sarge?” said Files-on-Parade.
“More signs of the Apocalypse,” his Platoon Sergeant said.
“Hey, Sarge, how come you turned it off?” said Files-on-Parade.
“ ‘Cause I can’t stand to hear no more,” the Platoon Sergeant said.
“For they’re releasing Bowe Berghdahl; they have let him off scot-free,
“He’s said he’s sorry, so he’s back into society—
“The dog who died searching for him, was a better man than he—
“But they’re releasing Bowe Bergdahl, in the morning.”


“Ain’t he the guy that Obama…” said Files-on-Parade.
“Oh, yes, indeedy, that’s the one,” his Platoon Sergeant said.
“And we traded some prisoners…” said Files-on-Parade.
“Shut up. I’ve thrown up in my mouth,” his Platoon Sergeant said.
“The swine we traded for him must be howling with mirth-
“I feel the dead in Arlington, they’re stirring in the earth—
“I swear, if he’d mocked Islam, Bowe would be in Leavenworth—
“But they’re releasing Bowe Bergdahl, in the morning.”
“What were the charges, anyway?” said Files-on-Parade.
“Desertion was just one of them,” the Platoon Sergeant said.
“And did they find him innocent?” asked Files-on-Parade.
“No, ‘guilty’—with no punishment,” the Platoon Sergeant said. 
“No blindfold, no last cigarette, no ‘up-against-the-wall’s’— 
“Not since Bradley’s un-manning, have I seen such lack of balls;  
 “And we can’t protect this country with an army of Berghdahls,
 “And I expect I’ll be hungover, in the morning.”



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One response to “A Danny Deever Do-Over”

  1. The one percent of Americans who put their lives on the line defending the nation from hateful forces who would destroy us outside our borders and criminals inside our borders are the ones who matter. This one soldier who forsook his oath, deserted, became the lure that our enemies used to kill far better men who took on the responsibility to liberate him, will live a live with the emptiness he earned by his foolish cowardly ignorant action – forever despised by the one percent who chose lives of sacrifice and courage protecting our civilization. The Judge who allowed his actions and the consequences of his actions to go unpunished earns his own special taste of having failed his nation and his colleagues.