Slaughter

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Victims of a drone strike in Pakistan. Photo courtesy of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Victims of a drone strike in Pakistan. Photo courtesy of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

 

By Gary Corseri.

Editor’s Note: This poem by Gary Corseri strikes so many chords that it might be a symphony with crashing clashes. In a few words and images it captures the march to war and how it’s sold to us who buy it.

 

 

Who are these fools who talk so glibly
About war, and sending messages, our role
In the world, credibility? Who elected them,
Who signs their checks, what games do they play
To climb the Ladder of Excess? Around
A table, they prop themselves, and then invade
Living rooms, kitchens, airport lounges—any
Place the gullible can hear or see them.

And this is the age of 24-7, and their bad ideas
Bathe the networks of our neurons, and
Their words drone in our restless sleep: war,
And honor; upholding values; respons-
Ibility; ability to lead; and, of course,
The next election—who’s up, who’s down,
Who’s going to win; and why it matters.

 

And all of it mixed in the Great Mixer
That they’ll sell you for 3 easy payments,
Plus shipping and handling.Call now!

 

Gary Corseri has published his work at hundreds of websites and periodicals worldwide, including, The Greanville Post, Uncommon Thought Journal, The Palestine Chronicle, Counterpunch, Village Voice and The New York Times. He has published 2 novels and 2 collections of poetry, edited the Manifestations literary anthology, and his dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere. He has taught at US public schools and prisons and at US and Japanese universities. He has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library. Contact: gary_corseri@comcast.net.

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