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SONDAY: A Nation Rocked to Sleep by Carly Sheehan

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I started this essay with a poem from Kipling, and I want to end it with a poem my daughter wrote that began my activism after her brother was killed, and is just as timely today as it was in April 2004:


Cindy Sheehan is an American anti-war activist whose son, Casey, was killed in the Iraq War on April 4, 2004. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch — a stand which drew both passionate support and angry criticism.

A Nation Rocked to Sleep

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

The torrential rains of a mother’s weeping will never be done,

They say he’s a hero, you should be glad he’s one, but

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard that sound of a father holding back his cries?

He must be brave because his boy died for another man’s lies,

The only thing he allows himself is long deep sighs,

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother’s grave?

They say he died so the flag will continue to wave,

but I believe he died because they had oil to save.

Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother’s grave?

Have you ever heard the sound of a nation rocked to sleep?

The leaders want to keep you numb so the pain won’t be so deep, but

If we the people let them continue, another mother will weep…

Have you ever heard the sound of a nation rocked to sleep?

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