Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chris Floyd's 'The Good Corporal'

Earlier tonight, I discovered a new site called 'Boiling Frogs', brought to us by FBI whistle-blower and critic Sibel Edmonds. Ms. Edmonds was a translator for the FBI until her firing in March of 2002 after she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving foreign nationals, alleging serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence which, she contended, presented a danger to the United States' security. Regardless of your opinion of Ms. Edmonds, the site is definitely worth checking out.

On November 2nd, 2010, the site republished a poem by Chris Floyd called 'The Good Corporal' that I found particular touching and appropriate considering the current political climate towards whistle-blowers and information leakers. I thought the poem was poignant enough to share with you so, here it is, reprinted below in its entirety.

The Good Corporal

Good corporal, good corporal, now what have you done?
You’ve laid out the dead in the light of the sun.
You’ve opened the door where the dark deeds go on,
Where the fine words of freedom are broken like bones.

Good corporal, good corporal, you tell us of crime
Done in the name of your country and mine.
Of torture and murder, corruption and lies,
In a land where no echo will carry the cries.

Good corporal, good corporal, now who do we blame
For the horrors you bring us, for this undying shame?
Should we lay all the guilt on the grunts with no name,
Or the high and the mighty who rigged up this game?

Good corporal, good corporal, don’t you know the fate
Of all those who speak the hard truth to the State
And all who trouble the people’s sweet dreams?
They’re mocked into scorn and torn apart at the seams.

Good corporal, good corporal, what have you done?
You’ve laid out the dead in the light of the sun.

© 2010 by Chris Floyd

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