Clifton Redmond

Rookie (7-4-1982 / Carlow)

Che


Armed with bayonets and books
haunted by yourself
you climbed
the highest hills and cried

Is the truth of men
written in the stars
or hidden in the pages
of the manifesto?

Was it truth you saw
or a charlatan in rags
dressed as freedom

That burned in the ocean
like wild fires of
uncontrollable lust
for truth
as the man stood
pissing on the lemming seed

Many young men salvaged
pulled from the edge
the frontier of death
and enticed them to destiny

Saving lives of the many
cheating death
as on the battlefield
you saved a life

A young man wounded
you dragged from death
with five infants
too feed and raise
and a wife crying in the mud

And sent him
all the way to the slaughter
armed him with hope
of a better world
a revolutionary lamb
driven blind to his end
as if his death had been planned

On that slab of stone
I see the alter
of your post existence
where they offered your bones
as commodity
to the capitalist god

Wild black locks hidden
beneath the black cap
a soldiers jacket worn
eyes lit with the visions
and hands stained
with the blood
of ten thousand men

Bolivia might have been
a cruel deceiving mistress
where your hope was lost
and your life stolen

But you died a heroes death
at the hands of the enemy
a stone cast away
on the waves of eternity

Ambushed in the forest
handed to death
bayed by destiny
destroy the revolution
and reignite it

And the young man
with history
at the barrels end
cried “Go ahead boy
kill me, im just a man”

Submitted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 05, 2013

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