So Help Me God: or, You’re Welcome, Mr. Citizen: Part 6

Part 6

I’ll tell you this, boy, I seen things
That would curdle your blood like milk
And make the words in your throat
Coagulate faster than Mekong mud.

I held men in my arms as they expired
And seen my brothers look to Jesus
After lifetimes of backs turned away.

I’ve seen a whole country burnt up
And trampled under foreign foot
Like a rotting cornfield after the harvest.
And I ferried more people to the other side
Than Charon himself, no boat required.

And it ain’t because I wanted to,
But I took an oath; I swore to protect
Folks like you, living free from worry,
Secure and sure of your future.

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