[lit-ideas] On China's one-child policy

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas " <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:00:16 -0800



            China's one-child resolution has bred

            A generation of soldiers who prize

            Themselves as their mother's do.

            They whine and want to quit.  The 

            Generals are vexed.  In my case

            My mother signed so I could enlist

            At seventeen.  She still had my brother


            Who was twelve and another newly

            Born.  It wasn't just that though; 

            I was overly independent, 

            Prone to fight and with

            A chip on each shoulder - 

            Just the sort to be shipped

            Off to whatever wars


            We wanted to pursue.  As to my

            Worth my mother said years later

            She wished she'd stopped

            Having children after me.

            She would have been able

            To cast me into the priest

            Of her mind's eye. 




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