Friday, October 21, 2016

How Many? -- a Poem for Bob Dylan



How Many

How many times must a man fall down
  Before he gets picked up no more
How many times must a child get killed
  Before we take the guns away
How many times must the girls be sold
  Before we don't raise any more
The answer my friend, is not to be had
  The answer is not to be had

How many souls must come to their end
  Before motherhood stops in vain
How many graves for the little ones
  Before the earth will hold no more
How many families loose their precious ones
  Before all are rotting away
The answer my friend, is not to be had
  The answer is not to be had

How many times must a bad man kill
  Before they take his toys away
How many men will be locked away
  Before greedy men go to Hell
How many days will turn into years
  Before God makes the carnage stop
The answer my friend, He alone does know
  God alone the answer does know
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Photos and Poem copyright, © 2016 Jimmiehov, All rights reserved
 
Today I'm linked with Kerry O'Conner at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Kerry Says ~ It's Blowing ... [http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2016/10/kerry-says-its-blowing-in-wind.html]

For our springboard, Kerry said: "On Thursday, October 13, Bob Dylan became the first song-writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, ‘having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’ Dylan is the only artist to have won a Grammy, Golden Globe, Pulitzer, Polar, Oscar and the Nobel Prize." And more.

Notes: 
(1) The bigger bad boys, i.e. I.S.I.S. and the like have very large toys, cannon sized and still larger.

(2) https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS574US574&q=boy+dylan

Born: May 24, 1941 (age 75), Duluth, MN
Full name: Robert Allen Zimmerman Spouse: Carolyn Dennis (m. 1986–1992), Sara Dylan (m. 1965–1977)_ _ _ _

Jimmie's Got a Gun
.
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done
Dum, dum, dum, it's the sound of my gun
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done
Dum, dum, dum, it's the sound, it's the sound...

Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah....

Janie's Got A Gun
Janie's Got A Gun
Her whole world's come undone
From lookin' straight at the sun
What did her daddy do
What did he put you through

From Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun Lyrics (There's more at the link. I interpret 'daddy' to be her old man in hippy terms and the 'little baby' (later in the song) meant that Janie was very young--way too young.)


 
[For larger pictures click on to the picture, try again for larger still]

I blogged of my guns and gun experiences hereSince most of those I have acquired a real gun that I could keep.  It is a Spanish 9mm pistol of which the manufacturer has long gone out of business.  It is a Star, M243 Model Firestar Plus, 9mm, manufactured by Star Bonifacio Echeverria S.A. Eibar (Guipuzcoa), Spain. 
It is still new, never been shot. http://star-firearms.com/firearms/

"A double-stack 9mm version (M-243) ... was commonly referred to by the unofficial name "Firestar Plus". The Firestar was produced by the now defunct Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. in Eibar, Spain until 1994. The Firestar was imported into the United States by Interarms of Alexandria, Virginia."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Firestar_M43

 


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7 Comments:

At Friday, October 21, 2016 12:52:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

the questions are so very relevant

 
At Friday, October 21, 2016 1:06:00 PM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

You ask the hard questions, Jim.. ones we would all like the answers to. This is a powerful piece in the style of Bob Dylan.

 
At Friday, October 21, 2016 8:30:00 PM, Blogger kaykuala said...

Great Dylan's parody, Dr Jim! Certainly must have taken lots of thinking to do so!

Hank

 
At Friday, October 21, 2016 10:05:00 PM, Blogger Linda said...

A very powerful post, Jim. Thank you so much for sharing.

 
At Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:03:00 AM, Blogger Teri L said...

Dylan would approve. :) Thought provoking and straight forward.

 
At Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:43:00 PM, Blogger Helen said...

One of your finest, Mr. Jim! Dylan and I were both born in 1941 ~ I love that little fact.

 
At Sunday, October 23, 2016 6:38:00 PM, Blogger Outlawyer said...

Wow--so terribly sad--thank you, Jim. k

 

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