After basic in Borden
the soldiers congregate in Fred Grant Square
for a send off
before being shipped out to Halifax harbour
With each major deployment,
the municipal authorities
bring out the decorated veteran amputees
of the last war
to show off their shiny medals
as they limp
and wheel down main street.
The glares of both the veterans and
the soldiers are filled with contempt
when they look at unmarried men
of draft age
ignoring the festivities and
going about their daily business.
The soldiers say they are fighting
to defend me
but given the chance
they would kill me in a second.
they've found someone else to kill
half a world away
while I buy my carton of milk and
check out the girl at Crossovers
they say can shoot ping pong balls
out of her cunt.