Gavin M. Campbell


I was counseled
for unshaven soldiers.

Top chewed me out if
my soldier missed PT.

Sergeant Major had my ass
for my soldier’s DUI.

The commander berated me
for a soldier’s domestic violence.

The Colonel punished me
when a soldier pissed hot.

It’s times like these
I wish for a different place.

A place that my soldiers
pay for my dereliction

If I gave an unlawful order
I’d be safe in another place.

I wonder if I can get orders
for Abu Ghraib or Haditha.