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    dots Submission Name: To Billy Mitchell (1879 - 1936)dots

    Author: annie0888
    ASL Info:    49/f/LA
    Elite Ratio:    4.76 - 327/382/122
    Words: 140
    Class/Type: Poetry/Misc
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    dotsTo Billy Mitchell (1879 - 1936)dots

    Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.
    General Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superiure de Guere, 1911

    To Billy Mitchell

    Well, the shit has certainly hit the propeller.
    To fight wars and end wars in three
    dimensions was a notion a little ahead of its time.
    You soaring basketcase
    You gliding goofball
    Crazy aerial son of a bitch, wild pitch
    Malcontented hero in a foxhole
    Disgruntled down to earth
    champion. Alien grounded
    in the soil of enemy territory
    You flying freak show
    You elevated zealot
    You airborne extremist, die-hard crank.
    Following you, we banged
    our ploughshares into Peacemakers,
    Crewmakers, Whistling Shitcans.
    You ace crackpot
    You loop-de-loop lunatic
    kook, madman, genius,
    revolutionary, savior.
    Soaring toward a boundless heaven,
    taking America with you.

    Submitted on 2007-09-03 10:27:14     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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      this is one of the best poems i have read here at ES...

    am aware of his story...i believe gary cooper played him in a movie too.

    but you propel us through this with such a great rhythm..

    as for the "you's"

    i would ordinarily agree, but not here...i believe this is very much like one of the Beats...and there is a rhythm that would be broken without that emphasis on the "you"--

    i am so glad i found this...

    | Posted on 2012-10-04 00:00:00 | by jacoberin | [ Reply to This ]
      I think this was pretty good. I already knew who Billy Mitchell was. the wordplay here was nicely done. Only change I might make would be to eliminate some repetitions of 'you.'

    Peace, love and all that other junk,

    | Posted on 2007-09-05 00:00:00 | by joeyalphabet | [ Reply to This ]

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