Machine Wired For Sound
By David Smith August 7, 2009
The Sergeant-Major: a machine wired for sound
As he belches out the commands on the Parade Ground.
The voice full of enthusiasm:
ATTENTION and At EASE!
The Man: His control; the drill is a breeze.
The slap of the foot like one hit in time;
The Sergeant-Major keeps His regiment in line.
Like soldiers on a shelf; to react to His next breath;
Think of the joy; if I could be deaf.
To be yelled at and hollered; hoarded like cattle.
The Sergeant-Major’s voice as an unpleasant rattle;
Surrendering control to the sound of His voice;
That was my second choice.