Ryter Roethicle

Youths Dreams....Burns Sonnet

How long did youths' dreams delude us
Not long, the greed of adults, denied the truth
And brought us into their world of excess
Robbing us by stealing what was left of youth.
And much more often what was teenage life.
Telegrams wishing the victim "Happy Birthday",
Then taking the rest of any childhood away
Made him face a life of danger, bullets and strife.
No more a life of dreams and rock and roll
Too often now walking in jungles looking out
Waiting for scouting signals or others call
Who knows, it could be your turn to see and shout.
So many young men have answered the call
With what justification? I answer, "Bugger all".

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