Mark I. Kirkmeyer

BREAK GLASS

They spent a million dollars
Just to train this warrior
He did his duty for us
Believing the promises

He injured his leg in training
Had surgery on the wrong leg
Was discharged for medical reasons
With zero percent disability

Place him under glass
So we don’t have to care
Not fit to serve
Not broken enough to show

Iraq invaded Kuwait
Break the glass
“No Airborne training”
This isn’t training

Conflict ends, soldiers come home
Knee and back pain
So acute that he can’t sit
On the flight home

He can’t serve because of this
But it’s not enough to pay
Place him back under glass
So we don’t have to care

Rioter’s rampage in the City of Angels
Break the glass
Send him to secure K-Mart
Stop the riot

Knees and back pain increase
Mind reeling from this work
It was his boyhood home
He’ll never be the same

Lock him up in a hospital
Six months later release him
He will suffer and fight
With his issues the rest of his life

He can’t prove it’s the Military’s fault
So fuck him we have to save money
Place him back under glass
So we don’t have to care