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  101.     

Asleep at the Switch

There were bombs exploding in Iraq
Babies turning blue in the immovable quash of rubble
A government twisting truths into the most
Outrageous kinds of lies
The end-game justifying the means

But no one would believe

The long years of children left behind a hoax
Come to fruition, dusty books that no one
Reads, impossible to distinguish the text from the
Con

Old words make sweet bonfires

The world spinning in a drunken haze
All a blur of light and sound and colorized
Image

The patient on his etherized table his
Hamburger heart pumping beer and blue-eyed
Bimbos into the vain artery of his
American unconscious

O, we may wonder, and O
We may die

Sleep the good sleep

Someday maybe
Someone will wake up, alone to find
And ask the inevitable question
A hundred years too late

Why?

Why didn’t anyone try to stop
The madness?


(Previously published in The Hold, Oct. '04)
 
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  102.     

Assault and Battery

The heart gets used up
Year after year after year
The mileage wearing on balding tires
Sure, it can be recharged, with sufficient juice
Now and then, but

Eventually
The poor thing, just can’t kick-start
The engine anymore
And has to be
Re-placed.


(Previously published in Poetry & Art, Feb. '01)
 
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  103.     

Atom and Eve

We are the holograms of our
Spiritual selves

Matter but a figment of a
Greater imagination

What is real seeming
Improbable

The substance of who we are
Impossible to hold.


(Previously published in Wired Art from Wired Hearts, July 2002)
 
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  104.     

Auschwitz

The bulldozers plowed the remains
Into a ditch
Dreams crunching into memories
Tumbling over possibilities
Beliefs popping out of sockets
Hopes breaking 'neath the crush of
Soiled humanity
The stench enough to water the eyes of God
Who said nothing
Waiting for someone to be a prayer.


(Previously published in Poets 4 Peace, Nov 2000; Poetry Superhighway, Yom Hashoah Issue #10, Apr 2008)
 
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