When you try to raise an army

Be careful
if you plan to raise an army
from birth
whip them into shape and drill them
Issue uniforms
Issue thoughts
Until they run like a machine
Yes drill sergeant
No drill sergeant
You may raise soldiers
clever, skilled in battle,
brave in the face of fear
and full of fire in their hearts
But there’s a chance, if you want to raise an army
That you will not keep the soldiers
Because these clever, brave soldiers
will one day make their own decisions
And choose their battles
They must answer the call of the fire
Burning hot in their souls
So be careful when you raise an army
The soldiers may not stay

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