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En(d)list

Daniel Romo

”My father's in the army. He wants to join, but I can't work for that corporation.”
— Lloyd Dobbler in Say Anything

Manny’s on leave from the Army
Says he’s gonna’ see the world
Germany, France, West Virginia

Says it’s easy and makes ya’ buff

Says he’s got Thursdays off
and he’s havin’ fun

Says he no longer has to worry
about drive-bys in the night
and eses on the corner that fight

Says he’s done writin’ essays in class
worrying about whether or not he’ll pass
cause he’s gonna’ be sergeant first-class

Says he’s tired of terrible teachers
who were first class dicks
stupid pricks
couldn’t think of anything else to pursue

Says no one can tell him what to do
and, and,
and FUCK UNIFORMS
he looks better in green than his whole platoon

He is free to be
‘cause Manny’s in the Army now

(previously published in Verdad)

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