The soldiers are fifty miles from Babylon,
that is the how many and the how long
they have travelled. I think I thought
it existed only in book and song.

The television announcer talks on and on
his flak jacket strapped about his chest;
he has his helmet on. He tells
of war and war and war.

He feels the heat, discusses bombs and missiles,
tanks and artillery. Talks as if he knows
of what he speaks. This is war
with all its bells and whistles on.