M-day's child is fair of face,
Drill-day's child is full of grace,
Gun-day's child is breastless and blind,
Shell-day's child is out of its mind,
Bomb-day's child will always be dumb,
Cannon-day's child can never quite come,
But the child that's born on Battle-day is blithe and bonny and rotted away.
- Muriel Rukeyser


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    General Comment(M-day's child is fair of face)
    (Drill-day's child is full of grace)

    M-day's child is fair of face,
    Drill-day's child is full of grace,

    Gun-day's child is breastless and blind,
    Shell-day's child is out of its mind,

    Lucy picked a fight with a bumblebee,
    The bumblebee it went and told the crow,
    The crow it settled down in the old gum tree,
    Sharpened all the arrows for its bow,
    Flew across the town to the school house yard,
    Spotted little Lucy heading home,
    Shot her through the backpack and through the heart,
    Maybe that'll teach her, I don't know.

    Bomb-day's child will always be dumb,
    Cannon-day's child can never quite come,
    But the child that's born on Battle-day is blithe and bonny and rotted away.



    Violence always causes more harm then good and is no way to go about justice.
    newexperimenton November 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's not unique to contrast the horror of war with youth - recall LBJ's effective commercial against Goldwater. In this play on the enigmatic "Monday's Child" poem I like SGM's added story done in the Robert Wyatt falsetto. This is/was a great band on many levels.
    zincpallet9on January 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a delight to hear, as we might expect. what it means, though, I'm not sure I want to know. sometimes I feel a kind of sadness listening to these fellows.
    copingcactuson March 01, 2010   Link
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    General Comment...where's the rest?
    Lavisarinon January 16, 2008   Link

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