A better poetry flashback, c. 1980/81

I was capable of writing decent poems back when I was in high school. There is one I would love to post, but I don’t have a copy of it anymore. But I do still remember this one—which may or may not have been published in the University of Washington’s student newspaper, The Daily (I no longer have the copy of that issue, so I don’t remember. I’ve had to guess at the line breaks, but I do recall I favored very short lines at that time…

little drummer boys

the children
all
step down
the hall
to the
sound
of marching
drums

they
salute
the flag
then
all drop
dead

I think there’s something wrong with them

(29 September 2017)