Colin F. Jones

TIN SOLDIERS?

A soldier must respond with automation,
his reaction instant in order to survive.
Tis not his will to do it for his nation
but to do it to keep himself alive.
He must be trained to do, without restriction,
deeds to which he may not otherwise respond.
He must obey with absolute conviction
that what he does he is not doing wrong.
He is mind trained to satisfy this function
though nature in the end has most effect;
though later he may suffer much compunction,
at the time he seldom would object.
A soldier is subconsciously constructed
as much as he is physically conducted.