Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978)

Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978) Nick Nolte gives his most outstanding performance as Ray Hicks, a marine in Vietnam, whom a war correspondant [Michael Moriarty as John Converse] cons into smuggling heroin. Both become targets of a corrupt DEA agent in this memorable adaptation of Robert Stone’s National Book Award Winning novel, Dog Soldiers. Still topical today, Tuesday Weld startles as a woman addicted to, and forced to withdraw from, opiods. Karel Reisz directs this bitter take on how the Vietnam experience corrupted everyone involved. “When I left the Marines,” Nolte says, ”I made myself a promise. Never again am I going to be fucked around by morons.”

Toxic masculinity drags its rifle stock

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Down abandoned railroad tracks, a crutch

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To tighten brotherhood up and carry

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Coke for America across the border.

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Suburbia’s a betrayal of war.

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Lawn sprinklers swivel Black Hawk blades.

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Children lurk behind corners, holding rocks.

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Lemonade stands conceal wasp nests.

Everyone thanks you for your service.

The blood on your barbecue apron has dried

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And you are ready to turn the meat over,

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Fresh kill for strangers who were once family.

Promises were made, any vet can see,

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To agency, politicians want to privatize

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Whoever had the stupidity to survive.

Too crazy for the VA Pathway,

Locked and loaded, you methodically polish

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That Global War on Terrorism medal,

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Ready whenever they are serving cake.

[Disposable Poem April 7, 2018]

Dr. Mike








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