Red Rover, Red Rover – Send Your Soldiers Over

Red Rover …

red rover
Send your soldiers over

Red Rover, Red Rover,
Send Tommy right over,
And he was sent to war,
Now gone forever more.

Duck, Duck, Goose,
Turn my people loose,
Or bombs I’ll send,
Your people to end.

Leap Frog give a backing.
Weapons I am lacking,
Give many weapons, too,
So I can attack you.

Tag! You are now it!
My country you will hit,
I will not refrain,
To tag you again.

Mother May I be a soldier?
No! Not even when older,
World is at war my child,
And the good are reviled.

Red Rover, Red Rover,
Send soldiers right over,
So many say good-bye,
And their Mommas cry.

Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

red rover
Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down.

The first line of each stanza gives the name of a child’s game, games that were fun when we
were young. The children grow up, wars happen, and so many die. War results in loss,
sorrow and death. Soldiers come home with crippling wounds, psychological issues like
PTSD, and many are unable to readjust to society or obtain jobs. Some never come home.
War is for world leaders to gain power – they should just sit at a table and play with toy
soldiers, toy battleships, toy planes … to appease their need for winning. Then we can
teach our children in love, kindness and world peace.

© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write.It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.
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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.

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