Chris Floyd’s ‘The Good Corporal’

To the Exposers of Power & the Troublers of Dreams

Yesterday one of our readers e-mailed me a link to a recent work by Chris Floyd dedicated to truth tellers who are commonly labeled as whistleblowers, but aptly referred by him as the Exposers of Power and the Troublers of Dreams.

About three years ago I discovered Mr. Floyd’s website and his collection of essays and poems through Antiwar.Com. And I became a fan. His writings are original, expressed purely in his own unique voice, and more importantly (at least for me) they don’t reek of the partisanship or agenda promotion so commonly found in ‘popular’ quasi alternative sites. The level of integrity and critical thinking that goes into his work makes him ‘not’ an acceptable comrade for the popular partisan agenda pumpers of the media; their loss and our win. You can visit his website and check it out for yourself.

I want to thank Mr. Floyd on behalf of all our national security whistleblower members at NSWBC, including Dan Ellsberg. He has given us a deep and sincere acknowledgement; a far cry from the usual cursory fluff we are used to getting. And I want to share with you this beautifully executed work here at Boiling Frogs Post:

 


 
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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