DADT (1994 – 2011) – A Villanelle

DADT (1994 – 2011)

Welcome to one Private’s unprivate personal hell
Let’s drink a toast in honour of Benny
Shot through the heart by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

A spiteful, misbegotten fear cloaked in a pious shell
Let’s drink a toast in honour of Denny
Welcome to one Private’s unprivate personal hell

Discharged to stop them tainting other personnel
Let’s drink a toast in honour of Jenny
Shot through the heart by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

There’s no marker on the battlefield where they fell
Let’s drink a toast in honour of Kenny
Welcome to one Private’s unprivate personal hell

Just to speak their love’s name was to rebel
Let’s drink a toast in honour of Lenny
Shot through the heart by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

They understood prejudice only too well
Let’s drink a toast in honour of Penny
Welcome to one Private’s unprivate personal hell
Shot through the heart by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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“Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT)

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on March 15, 2016, in Poetry, Villanelle, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is enormously powerful, Ben Naga. I am glad Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is gone, but I’m afraid American society lags behind the human in humanity nevertheless. I thought Bernie Sanders might provide a counter balance to some of the insanity in the American character, but last night’s primary vote was disastrous to his chances of earning the Democratic nomination. This poem goes to the heart of the changes that need to occur in the American character. But then, what about the rise of Donald Trump? Ah, we need more poetry like this, I guess.

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  2. This is chilling. As it should be.

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