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General Disorders of the Day

by HAMMOND GUTHRIE

Lives without lives praying at mosque five times a day,
undoubtedly praying for liberation, and daily life without
the spreading toxic sand of unrelenting war and disparity
etching the dawn and furrowed brow of every survivor in a
land where the next date palm just might kill you

Attacks on occupational forces continue to rise after all of
Saddam’s inert circle of doom are gone yet Iraq remains the
icon image for terrorist T-Box sporting suicide bombers
enacting real time free-for-all and freedom becomes an
impossible dream

The cameras have been rolling along the watchtowers
spreading the news and breaking it down for the masses after
the homeland caucus corn and back-slappin’ is over U.S.
troops, British troops, Afghani, Iraqi men, women, and
children living and breathing the fumes of so called
“freedom” continue to die

Republican conservatives are oiling up their reentry
boosters, and Democratic candidates are forming an
accumulative no one to represent a heart-bound constituency
for revolutionary change without ties that bind America to
the Bin Laden family trust, and “other interests” guiding
the general disorders of the day

The President spoke to the nation from the Senate rostrum,
“War,” he said, is making the homeland a safer place to live
under [his] watchful Patriot Acts enabling freedom from fear
of terrorist weapons of destruction that will never be
found, and by creating an increasingly senseless form of
insecurity

In my easy chair with a drink nearby, a virtual mistrust
formed, beginning with a smirk, a wink and a nod to his
second at hand, both imperceptibly shaking in their boots
under two rye smiles that one day their conspiracy might be
exposed to public eyes before man sets foot in mouth to
militarize the moon and Mars.

HAMMOND GUTHRIE is the author of AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor. He is the editor of the great online journal The 3rd Page. He can be reached at: writenow@spiritone.com

© 2004– HAMMOND GUTHRIE

 

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