poem of the day published on Poets Against The War
18 January 2005
Multicultural Insurrection in a Global Battlefield
Homicide or Suicide
SAS, Commandos, Marine Corps, Troops
Freedom Fighters or Guerrillas
Protectors of the Faith
E X T E R M I N ATE E X T E R M I N A T E
Murderers Terrorists or Assassins
Liberators, Conquerors -
soldiers for the cause.
Predestined, sure set to be
war heroes. In action
Dead or alive. Deserving
of a Purple Heart.
Great Balls of Fire!
Yes, Fire. Friendly Fire's ok.
Shoot to Kill. Revenge invaders!
Innocents and thugs alike
from every side, be proud of your country.
In orange skies and orange high alerts
save your siblings. Save your
kith and kin. Kneel, pray,
Nod your head. Find another
wailing wall. Cling to your maiming metal.
Rant with holy scriptures of Koran
and Talmud and the Bible. Wave your guns
in worship. Shun hypocrisy! Your presidents
prime minsters dictators leaders
have yet to cry. In your mosques,
your temples, your churches
and in the streets of the metropolis
genuflect on democratic genocide.
Snarl. Welcome to the 21st century. May wisdom
and compassion find a much more fearless and
fertile land where well-nurtured fleshy fig trees
can bear blossoms, and children play hand-in-hand
under bright blue skies. Smile. Remember,
the shaky waving white flag does not mean surrender,
submission. It stands for the feathered doves,
deliverers of peace, and brings to misguided forces
in this theatre of repugnant war
sanity into today's madness.
Pray. Oh, Pray. Pray! Please.
Think about it. Say YES to peace
NOW. Today. Repeat:
No more division in this House.