Your Country Needs You!

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

A poem inspired by 'Hell Broke Luce' by Tom Waits.
Here's the YouTube link for anyone that wants to watch it - but it does carry advisory warnings.

Cover image: Steve Johnson on Unsplash.

Your Country Needs You!


So the call went out,


Your country needs you’

and so I thought

well, what the hell.

I’m fit and strong

and there won’t be a war,

nowhere, nohow.

Poor fool that I was

for didn’t it come

and I was marching, marching

into what the politicians had begun...

and I’ll tell you this,

believe it’s true -

there was not a sign of heaven

but one hell of a lot of...

burning ground and searing pain

and all of the screams that came again and again.

Trenches, blasts, an onward surge

where I’m caught up in the endless flow

with nowhere else that I can go.

When they’d left me broken

they sent me home,

but home isn’t home

and I can’t stay still

with those images of skeletons

marching up my hill.

I’ll drag that building, tied around my neck

while those voices echo around my head.

And like a weight that I’ve got to pull around

it’s plowing up the cemetery, tearing up the ground

and this house isn’t home, not now for me

but a piece of living hell .


Submitted: August 07, 2020

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Mike S.

A fine take on the song, Hull!

Fri, August 7th, 2020 8:12pm


I used to have a few Tom Waits albums a while ago, but this was far more recent. Did you see the video - pretty chilling stuff, but a really great rhythm to it. And very meaningful lyrics.

Sat, August 8th, 2020 11:26am

Jeff Bezaire

'When they'd left me broken they sent me home' - incredible line!
A great piece! It carries the message and rawness of a '70s song. I could imagine Tom belting this out in his gravelly voice.

Sat, August 8th, 2020 1:05am


Did you see the video? Really creepy, and very meaningful lyrics. I used to listen to a lot of Tom Waits - this might just get me back to it.
Thanks so much for giving the poem a read, Jeff.

Sat, August 8th, 2020 11:30am

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