Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A simple rule of thumb

My army drill instruction
Once told me
I no longer
Belong to myself
And gave me
A simple rule of thumb:
Speak when I am spoken to,
Do what I’m told to do
When I’m told to do it
No matter what it is
And never, ever
Think for myself
Unless I ask
Permission first,
And then, he added
With a wry smile,
I might just survive

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