Good Soldier

By Sarah Maples

By Sarah Maples

You have to call them sir


You have to call them sir


When they order you to drop

And give them twenty


When they tell the men

Not to be pussies


When they yell

Hey, female!


You have to call them sir


When they put you on duty

For the fifth weekend in a row


When they refuse

To look you in the eye


When they believe you can’t do it

Because you’re a woman


You have to call them sir


When they call you a disgrace

Because you have tits in uniform


When they snicker about how you’re

A bitch, a slut, a dyke


When they say

No one is going to rescue

A fat girl from the battlefield


You have to call them sir


When they promise to be discreet

If you can ignore their wives


When they’re drunk and

They say: don’t tell


When you report it,

But they don’t want to ruin his career


You have to call them sir


Only, you don’t-


Have to call them sir.

You only think you do.


Sarah Maples is a former Air Force intelligence officer and Afghanistan veteran. In her post-military career, she has held a variety of positions, including Director, National Security and Foreign Affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sarah is currently pursuing a Master’s in Publishing through George Washington University. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master’s in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University, and a B.A. in German and Russian from Tulane University. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Task & Purpose, Line of Advance, Rally Point, and on her veterans resource blog, After the DD-214.

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