Bradley Manning

They shot down journalists
from the sky
by the dozen
bombed civilian structures
took away fathers in the night
on nothing more than a
to be processed accordingly
but it doesn’t matter
because everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan
is a fucking terrorist,

And this is war
our war
the war that you’re paying for
the one that you sit and watch
on your screens
so far away
that it might as well be on another planet

and they’ll explain it to you
using terms like ‘whistle-blower’
aiding the enemy
and you’ll buy it all
because there is nothing else
on the shelf

as the one person
that stands up against everything
trying for change
where it matters
gets tortured and locked away
while everybody else
does nothing but
sit back and watch
the analysts chirp.

This is how we treat heroes
these days
in a world ruled by the state.


8 thoughts on “Bradley Manning

  1. f8

    Awesome. I like when you get mildly political. So inspiring. (self-immolates at Wal-Mart screaming out lines from the movie “A Time To Kill” – mostly Samuel L Jackson’s lines)


    1. HJM Post author

      Thanks man. mildly political, almost sounds like an insult. I’ll take your ginger ass out if you don’t watch what you’re saying!


      1. f8

        I think of your work as 90 percent you no matter what the subject matter. Because you have a voice. It’s a compliment hahaha. I swear! (lunges into vat of acid as apology/art piece)


  2. Marc

    I agree completely but sadly you and many others will tomorrow robotically drive in your steel coffins (that run on the fossil fuel that is the reason there is a war in the first place) to work tomorrow at a predetermined time ~ (don’t be late or there are repercussions) , eat lunch when you are scheduled too and and do it all over again the next day with a smile…..millions do, its called life….and it’s all engineered. I call it bullshit. Break free Well written though Hernan…sorry for ranting! 🙂


    1. HJM

      Hey man, good to hear from you. I always enjoy your rants. And you are right of course. This is something I am working to break free of, just like you. Then I’ll come to Costa Rica and drink until I pass out on the beach for the rest of my wasted life.



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