Mark Clark

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Mark Clark is an Aussie songwriter, scriptwriter, voice over, author and drama coach. He was Pip in the ABC's version of Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians.

The Loyal Dogs

What loyal dogs, these ugly men

Who fix to endless bayonets

To kill a man they do not know

Because their country told them so.

 

What simple, sloppy, dog-like tricks

To slobber and sprint at passing sticks

What loyal dogs, these ugly men

By land, by air, by sea again.

 

What silly creatures, docile and dumb

To plough behind the latest gun

To shoot at those they do not know

Because their country told them so.

 

What fools to waste their fertile lives

In anti-population drives.

What loyal dogs, these ugly men

This lemming flock for governments.

 

How ill-informed, these dogs of war

Who do not come here any more.

How ignorant, this fallen line

Who fell upon another time

Before the west had TV screens

Aghast with international scenes.

 

What loyal dogs, these men for war

This missile food, these capitalist whores

This numb parade of mothers' tears

Oh, that the loyal dogs were here.

Attack? Defence?

Good reason? Plain fear?

Oh, that the loyal dogs were here.

 


Date written: 23.10.85