Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Freedom Came Today
Freedom came today for Iraqis
in a measured display of shock and
awe that bestowed gratuitous wounds
on thankful souls who’ll line the streets and
greet us as compassionate heroes.
Freedom came today to six hundred
Thousand innocents which, of course, we
Deny as being far too high a
figure based on data from programs
that do not keep track of dead Iraqis.
Freedom came today for poor Sami,
Who was looking for safety but
Found some kindness which blew him away,
So let us play taps to mark when he
Became part of America’s Dream?
Freedom came today for journalist
‘Ali … thrown in jail for possibly
Thirty years since he didn’t have the
Sense to write lies rather than truth
About ruthlessly earned liberty.
Freedom came today for Ayesha
Who was raped by those who set her free.
This sort of special gallantry is
Of course, an anomaly, since they
Normally stick with search and destroy.
Freedom came today for unlucky
Hasan who was trying to see his
Family but ended up naked
In Abu Ghraib with dogs growling,
Devoid of shame, at his dignity.
Freedom came today for Ra’bia
Who was caressed by white phosphorus
Which made her feel all warm and fuzzy
Inside, right down to her small, little
Bones … surely her cup runneth over.
Freedom came today for the masses
Who can, whenever they like, turn on
Faucets empty of water or switch
on lights with no electricity
to illumine tyranny’s just end.
Freedom came today in such neatly
Wrapped packages of hypocrisy
And lies … democracy at its best
Sold as a capital idea to
Peoples hungry for sovereignty.
Freedom came today to greedy ones
Who, out of duty, lobbied their way
to no-bid, cost-plus contracts made in
the secrecy of self-serving ‘facts’
that enriched only non-Iraqis.
Freedom came today in uncivil
Ways, one brother against another,
Locked in malignant enmity set
Loose by U. S. magnanimity …
Oh beautiful, with rapacious eyes.
Freedom came today through plans where bands
of hired guns are inspired to
kill sand-dwellers so wars will not wash
up on homeland shores and mangled lives
can be sanitized through illusions.
Freedom came today when night vision
Goggles found opportunity in
Their sight and those who never saw it
Coming were liberated – strange how
We see their bodies but not their hearts.
Freedom might come today if the good
old USA – despite a touch of
Delusion about its assumed place
In God’s space – would attend to the Ten
Commandments and leave Iraq alone.
Freedom might come today if knowledge
took hold in citizen souls about
Democracy’s decay through abuse
Of power which shackles conscience to
mindless fears of created demons.
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