Analysis of Brothers of Blood
BROTHERS OF THE BLOOD
By Bill E. McDonald
Five miles into jungle, near a town they called Cahm Bien Three went up in a ball of fire, when a rocket whistled in Now one went on to glory, another straight to Hell The last returned across the pond to a place we called the “World” See the strong survive so some of us have made it Back into a world that never seemed to care Cause’ I see some brothers livin’ in these alleys Bearin’ hardship like we all shared over there
“Brothers of the blood” Fightin’ for our country while our country’s fightin’ us “Brothers of the blood” Well you may not know our names but we’re your “Brothers of the blood”
And now my brother’s runnin’ through the jungles of the mind Runnin’ into hopelessness, while runnin’ out of time Searchin’ for some way out, Strugglin’ to be free Tryin’ to find some peace of mind through pure insanity
Now he can’t remember life as being easy Either fightin’ in a war or on the streets But each night he prays to God he’ll find some comfort Where’re you gonna’ run tonight? What you gonna’ eat?
“Brothers of the blood” You could have run to Canada instead of dying in Saigon “ Brothers of the blood “ Unemployed or doin’ time or standin’ in some welfare line “Brothers of the blood” The Lord made us a promise a secret I will tell “Brothers of the blood” When we die we go to Heaven cause’ we’ve spent our time in Hell
Analysis on brothers of blood
Have you ever been caught between two worlds? Both are reality, both are bad, but both can be ended in good at sometimes. Well that is exactly what this poem talks about. This poem explains two lives, they both might have never known each other but in the end they can call each other brothers because they both are the same but different.
One life is about a man who is in the army who is watching death, hearing death, and living each day one at a time as if he knew he could die at any second. The other is a man who is living in the streets who struggles to survive each day not knowing whether he was going to lie, or die or even get out of his situation because it is that bad where he is at.
The reason why I picked this poem is because of all of the wonderful metaphors and similes that are involved in this poem that further explain my point. Such as, “fighting our country while our country’s fightin us”, in this sentence they mean for one life fighting in the war where as the government had sent us out to kill or be killed. In the other life they are talking about fighting for a country that doesn’t always except us or wish that we weren’t here.
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