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  105.     

Missing Pages

There are too many gods
Vying for position
In the feeble minds of
Much too believing
Men
One or the other is always
Right
Alternatively damned and worshipped

In the exchange of breath from

Brother to brother
Sword to unyielding sword
Innocents pay the price
And God himself
(If indeed he has a heart)
Stands aghast
Stooped in the gore of his once beautiful
Creation.


(Previously published in Poetry Against the War Anthology, Feb.2003)
 
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  106.     

Mr. Beene

He shuffles in
like he’s walking on flypaper
each step sticks on the carpet
and only with laborious effort can he
heave his weight forward and
manage yet another.

When finally he sits down
he cranks his neck over his shoulder
and with the lifting of an eyebrow
signals the usual to the bartender:
a double scotch on the rocks.

As the minutes pass into oblivion
the skin hanging from his bones
eyes glazed, hands trembling
some wasted satisfaction
an elusive pleasure
creeps into the hollows of his face
curling uncomfortably in a comatose smile
the years of pain
obliterated
in the dull, unconscious vacancy
of a half-empty
glass.


(Previously published in The Hold, Jan 2005)
 
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  107.     

Niagara (haiku)

Niagara falls
with elegant dignity
divine majesty.
 
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  108.     

Nuclear Age

The child came into the world with a nuclear bomb
Hanging like a mobile over his head.

At any second

Every thing
Every place
Every body

Could be vaporized into nothing-ness.

What innocence is lost
When the mad grown-up world
Intrudes
Like a rapist in the night
And shoves a cold cocked revolver
‘Neath the covers
In the crib?


(Previously published in Eclectica, Vol.3, No.4, Nov-Dec '99)
 
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