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Rated: E · Poetry · War · #2211467
Rick has no choice but to join the military.
At eighteen, Rick did not need to buy a lotto ticket;
The government did that, in a sense, for him.
Last year of the Draft; there was the Lottery;
numbers were drawn corresponding to
the individuals birthday—his number
was seventeen.  That meant he
would be drafted, and he was.

Yet he had thirty days to join
any service branch; so he joined
the Air Force
.  He figure if it was good
enough for his brother, it was good enough
for him.  The Army and the Marines were both
sending men to Vietnam; and if drafted, the
Army and Marines were the branches one
would end up in. 

Turns out though, the Air Force did send
a few to Vietnam; Rick was selected. 
Yet it wasn’t long before his base
was shelled by the Viet Cong. 

Rick died, having “donated” blood for
his country, but also in a foreign land. 
Lottery to death—it all happened
so fast.  He got a tattoo; the
ink was barely dry.


24 Lines
Special Birthday Prompt for Sophy
1-28-20
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Requirements:
(Character does the following:)
—join the military
—donate blood
—get a tattoo
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