Poem Mirrors Platoon Movie Duality of Man

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem remembers back to the Platoon Vietnam War duality of man movie, which won Academy Awards (Oscars) for best film, best director, best sound and best editing in 1986. The film using good and bad mentors for the rookie soldier protagonist seems ideal for a Folding Mirror poem.
Spoiler alert: the poem follows the plot and storyline.

Platoon (film)

Platoon Protagonist, Life Lessons
Good Elias Grodin
soldier of conscience
trained to kill
living for honour
remembering right
way to live and fight
shot in back
paradise lost
witnessed by
helicopter angel
rookie recruit Chris, Taylor rendered realist
heaven’s assassin
fait accompli
executioner’s song
finger on trigger
put end to war mad
regurgitating wrong
surviving on hate
killing for fun
sweet innocent child
Bad Sergeant Barnes

Cover of "Platoon (Special Edition)"

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

 

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