The Soldier and the Gardener

from by Sam Plotkin



Good morning
I'm warning you
Stop planting
Your flowers by the road
Or my superiors
Will have me take you in

You cannot pretend
That I'm an outlaw
For bringing some color
To where there was none before
Mister Soldier, put down your gun

My friend
Don't make me put you down
Did you know
I once killed a man
It was long ago
But I do not regret it

Who are you to say
Who'll let live, and who dies?
This world is not so cold
That anyone should die lying down
Mister Soldier, put down your gun

Dear God,
What I have I done?
If only I could take it back
I would
Maybe I do not belong
In this world...

Who are you to say
Who'll let live, and who dies?
You can be the color this world needs
It's not too late
Mister Soldier, put down your gun.


from The Dragon (​.​.​.​And Other Stories), released August 11, 2015



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Sam Plotkin Los Angeles, California

Sam Plotkin is a composer of contemporary classical and film music. A guitarist and saxophonist by trade, his works range in genre from string quartet to electro-acoustics, and much more. This year, Sam graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Music, and moved to Los Angeles to work as in intern for Remote Control Productions, the studio founded by composer Hans Zimmer. ... more

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