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mrmike08075
Cancer Fighter

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Posted - 11/14/2017 :  3:48:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
'We're having a war,
and we want you to come!'
So the pig began to whistle
and to pound on a drum
'We'll give you a gun,
and we'll give you a hat!'
And the pig began to whistle
when they told the piggies that!

The pig put on his webbing,
and they marched him up and down
He did it with a whistle,
so they gave him sand to pound
He crossed the burning desert,
and he trekked the arctic night
And they made him do it over
so he'd learn to do it right

The pig cleaned up his webbing,
and he shined his bayonet
Some people started shooting,
so he shot them with regret
He couldn't work an office,
and he couldn't be a clerk
For pigs who like to whistle,
like to whistle while they work

The pig went on vacations,
to places near and far,
For fighting wars on schedule,
makes for very good PR.
The bosses love the piggies,
and the natives think them swell,
[Or] At least they often say so
after putting them through hell.

The bombings and the shootings
kept the pig from getting sleep,
But mines are very nice
for keeping wolves away from sheep.
The general got impatient
when the natives tried to play,
But the Piggy cleaned a pistol,
and the problem went away!

Some people dressed in pinstripes
with the money that they had,
They strutted in their costumes
'til they made the piggies mad.
They made themselves a nuisance
when they tried to legislate,
But pigs who like to whistle
also like affairs of state.

The pig got bored with football,
and he wanted something new,
So he found himself a country
where the folks were colored blue.
The pig put on his manners
and he wore a tie and suit,
And the people were so friendly
that they almost didn't shoot!

Pigs whistle when they lose,
and they whistle when they win,
'Cause when the shooting's over
they scrub off and start again.

Wars are sometimes over
and they debited his pay,
They took away his hat
and they took his gun away,
They told him they were thankful
and they split him north to south
As they fried him with a whistle
and an apple in his mouth!

The pig had bought a homeland
and he earned it with his sweat,
He filled it full of corpses
just to liquidate the debt.
He taught the natives manners
and it didn't take him long
To teach them how to whistle
and to sing The Whistle Song!

The pig came home from warring
and began to sing a song,
"My country isn't perfect
but it's closer right than wrong."
He wore a sprig of laurel,
and he waved an olive twig,
And he whistled to the people
so he'd be a whistling pig!

Someday, there won't be fighting,
they'll put the guns away,
Men will love each other,
and join their hands to pray.
Peace will come forever,
people won't get shot and die-
And on that day, the pigs
will spread their wings and learn to fly!

~ Whistling Pigs, by anonymous
Appears in novels by Robert Frezza
Props to Eric Hallstrom


http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/frezza_robert

I was rereading a small colonial war and other treasures when saw it again...

There are more verses I believe and it's appeared in a number of military and sci fi novels but not for decades...

If you have more verses or an author's attestation lease add them

I have known it by heart for decades

The saga is worth the read IMHO

Please comment

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)

Edited by - mrmike08075 on 11/14/2017 4:08:40 PM

mrmike08075
Cancer Fighter

USA
6939 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2017 :  4:05:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/whatever-happened-to-robert-frezza

This pompous windbag is more than a bit harsh in his review...

But it's well written and worth the read - I strongly recommend the books despite this guy's opinion

He and I do not get along and he got bounced and locked from one of the boards I admin and mod some time ago

Anyone read these other than me???

I know that I can't expect most to have read as much sci fi as I have but one of you guys must be a fan...

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)
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kimi
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USA
43726 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2017 :  5:13:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Mr. Mike. That was funny to hilarious while at the same time an emotional and spiritual roller coaster. I'll have to ponder on it a bit!

Many thanks for posting it up!



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A couple of favorite quotes:

"What goes around comes around."

“Abe, climb down from Mt. Rushmore, and vacate the penny. Your days in the pantheon are over, thanks to the scholarship and courage of Thomas J. DiLorenzo.” — Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.



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mrmike08075
Cancer Fighter

USA
6939 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2017 :  5:18:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If it does not cause you to smirk or smile while also hitching your breath and drawing a tear you dead inside...

It's an elusive bit of poetry

Should be a mandatory cadence count in the service

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)
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kimi
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USA
43726 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2017 :  5:21:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mrmike08075

If it does not cause you to smirk or smile while also hitching your breath and drawing a tear you dead inside...

It's an elusive bit of poetry

Should be a mandatory cadence count in the service

Mike



Right on! Mr. Mike. Right on!



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A couple of favorite quotes:

"What goes around comes around."

“Abe, climb down from Mt. Rushmore, and vacate the penny. Your days in the pantheon are over, thanks to the scholarship and courage of Thomas J. DiLorenzo.” — Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.



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11b6r
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USA
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Posted - 11/14/2017 :  9:54:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mr. Mike- one of my favorite writers. And I agree the critic is a windbag- and one incapable of finding a writer that is retired and living right where he has been all along- in Glen Burnie MD.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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mrmike08075
Cancer Fighter

USA
6939 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2017 :  10:56:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes - I agree...

I just wish that he had written a dozen more in either universe...

He got chopped when del ray imploded in the 90's and seemed to just fade away...

Very much in the fashion of h beam Piper and David drake...

Our loss when he stopped writing.

Worth the read and worth tracking down copies.

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)
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NeoBlackdog
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USA
9876 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2017 :  09:34:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven't read any of Frezzas' books but if you enjoy literature in that same vein you might try Faulkenbergs Legion series by Jerry Pournelle and the Legion of the Damned series by William C. Dietz.

http://williamcdietz.com/the-legion-of-the-damned-series.html

(https://www.goodreads.com/series/50447-falkenberg-s-legion)

I just read that Jerry Pournelle passed away this past September. He wrote a lot of good sci-fi and will be missed.
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mrmike08075
Cancer Fighter

USA
6939 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2017 :  12:21:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have everything they ever wrote...

And they are solid MIL spec sci fi series / future histories

The jannisaries is worth the read as well.

Different reverse take on things.

I thought that some of our vets might chime in on the above referenced aforementioned lyrics...

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)
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11b6r
Advanced Member

USA
15529 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2017 :  5:56:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike- from a vet- it was summed up years ago-


God and the soldier, we adore
in times of danger, not before.

The danger past, the wrong is righted
God is forgotten, the soldier slighted.


Mr. Kipling also did a pretty good job with Tommy Atkins.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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mrmike08075
Cancer Fighter

USA
6939 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2017 :  5:18:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Weekend bump

Mike

What other dungeon is so dark as ones own heart, what jailer so inexorable as ones own mind.

Nothing gold can stay. Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs flower. But only so an hour. Than leaf subsides to leaf. So eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay. (Robert Frost)
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