Sir, Nothing to Report, Sir (poem)

I was determined

To strive for fulfillment

Of my mission

with unredoubtable

sincerity and

fortitude

 

My efforts

could only be regarded

as utterly diligent

yet they proved

to be truly

ultimately

futile

 

Despite

my resolve

I was unable

finally

to grasp the gold ring

so to speak

that we desired

 

It cannot be said

that our endeavor

was ill-intentioned

or simply

utterly misguided

engaged in

as it was

with probity and

purity

of purpose

 

Nonetheless

however

in fact

events have transpired

which have rendered

all the intelligence gathered

insignificant

 

The various peoples of my acquaintance

were

I feel

essential to the pursuit

of our mission

and I feel none the less so

even given the final

fruitless

outcome

of this project

 

Indeed

in pursuit of

precious intelligence

I may have seemed

to some reckless

but I can assure you

and all I have encountered will attest

that I did not let the

ultimate goal of our undertaking force me

to treat others with

inhumanity

 

In truth

I am left

perhaps most distraught

not by the futility of our mission

but that the very nature of our mission

prevents me from continuing our acquaintance

thus I shall never have the opportunity

to find the language

to express the truth

and rejoice together to realize

the commonality

of our mission

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