When All Was Said and Done

We believed what we believed–
instead of the truth

Leaders didn’t stop lying
Generals didn’t stop plotting
Soldiers didn’t stop killing
Casualties didnt stop dying


all we got
was what we got–
before all was said and done


87 billion reasons why, and counting
the food, the clothing and the education–
our economy, environment, and well-being
must wait in line with the homeless

Defense has become our national pastime
while it has been suggested by some that
open dissension aids and abets the enemy

Hypocrisy is hard to measure in this regard,
green, yellow and red are such basic colors
as one never knows who is living next door–

brain scans may become necessary.

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