Blue 88

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Traumatized soldiers during World War II were occasionally administered a powerful psychoactive drug the recipients called a Blue 88. It was said to have the kick of a German .88 artillery gun. Part of the treatment involved reliving the battlefield trauma during talk therapy.

BLUE 88

felt the warm and sudden spray 
of the sergeant's French Silk Stockings, 
as he lay half-sprawled on the beautiful, 
oh so beautiful, oh so beautiful, 
freshly-fallen snow. 

opened up, yes lord, really opened up 
my store-bought British cigars 
and gave the Krauts holy bloody hell, 
while little grateful girly girlies 
danced on our open bellies. 

oh! the nights we had together, 
my sweet sweet Marie, 
nestled in the entrails 
of some guy who smoked luckies, 
(and could not run to save 
his life magazines) 

I felt safe in your civilian 
arms, and ate my chocolate. 

how I wish Ike could be with me now, 
now in my finest hour of need- 
he'd take me up in those paternal arms 
and just hold me just hold me 
and tell me how necessary all this was, 
and we would cry together 
like men who smoked luckies, 
and and and i'd show him 
my postcards. 

I take a GI shit on all of you now, 
you gutless Axis cowards, 
I hate your fucked-up little hats, 
And your full-bird bellies 
full of German piss wine- 

salute this, you ungrateful picture-takers; 
this is my rifle, my great pussy equalizer, 
any you cocksuckers want a piece of me now? 

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE NOW! 
I AM YOURS NOW AND YOU ARE MINE! 

(medicine administered 3 Nov 1944) 

and I saw a new-fangled heaven, 
and a ranch-style earth: 
for the German artillery 
had reduced the old ones 
to rubble and stories 
for the grandchildren. 


Submitted: February 04, 2021

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Stellanotte

Brilliant

Wed, February 10th, 2021 9:16pm

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