Saturday, 23 June 2012

Drone Pilot

When I grow up I want to be a drone pilot.

I want to fight for freedom
On the other side of the world
Sitting here, in front of this screen,

Watching the action
Like a war movie
Or a video game.
I play video games well. I blow lots of enemies away.
Well enough to be a drone pilot.

You can be a hero when you are a drone pilot
Flying in alien skies
Killing the bad guys. It’s easy.
Press a button and they die.

Yes the rockets fly out, there’s a flash and a puff of smoke
No mess, no blood to deal with, no smell of burst open guts
No sound of screaming.

You look at a screen. You press a button. The bad guys just die.

And they deserve to die
Because the enemy’s evil, cowardly and sly
And sneakily crawls on his belly

While my drone flies missions for freedom
Bravely in the sky.

When I grow up I want to be a drone pilot

I want to live science fiction live
And fight the war the way it was intended
Without the loss of a real life.
Just images on the screen blowing apart
On the other side of the world

I want to spread my wings in foreign skies
Fighting Evil
Bringing Liberty
Truth, Justice
And Democracy.

My missiles the voice of God
And anyone who doesn’t listen
Struck down from on high
Like a bolt of lightning
From a cloudless sky.

When I grow up I want to be a drone pilot
And blow evildoers away.

Copyright B Purkayastha 2012 



  1. The little nerdboys who fly these things call civilian casualties 'bugsplats'.

    Sometimes, I'm ashamed to be an American. More often than not, lately....

  2. A few years ago, when the drones first entered service, an Air Force general was on record as wondering how he would award medals to the drone pilots for their "bravery". Seriously. I do not have the link, but it was on a web site. Wish I could remember his name and the source.
    Drone war is absolutely cowardice. It is even worse than snipers. I think the "record" for a sniper kill shot is something close to 2,000 meters. It may even be a greater distance.
    Killing by remote control is not bravery, it is cowardly, pure and simple. And yes, I did serve with 5th Marines in Vietnam and have seen war up close.

  3. well put, bill...

    i'm back on blogger, btw - new look, same old shit - EXCEPT - when blogger farted my page off the site, deliberately, it also fucked more than 3 GIGS of my writing and collectibles, without so much as asking if i wanted to save any! GRRRRRRRRR

    anyway, click my name to get to new page...

  4. furgot... in blowing my page off the site, many of my links were killed as well, yours was one :(

  5. cue Roger Waters.... The bravery of being OUT OF RANGE!

  6. The Bravery of being OUT OF RANGE! (Roger Waters, Amused to Death)


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