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the Afghan slide


two weeks of patriotic mumbo jumbo

echoing from the president’s mouth

has managed to wake a comatose killer

walking towards a grave





the crisis    (in Afghanistan and other places)


how quickly we justify

the death we breed


and deny our imitations

of it


rising like a river after rain


vengeance is a brandy

fermenting in our hands


drunk down in one huge



to melt our icy hearts





Jack in the Box with Medusa’s heads


whether to the left

or the right in the Middle East

You’re in hell


demons abound there

throwing bombs at each other

as recreation


it’s a Jack in the box

with Medusa’s heads popping up

in unison


like allies in a war

wiping out the enemy





as fear rears its hooved feet


according to Dante

we’ll find Mohammed in hell


in fact near its address number

scrawled in the blood

of other inhabitants


today that fear remains

tho the name has changed

with the ages


in other words

fear again has reared its hooved feet

and blindly tramples us


a long awaited stampede

that guarantees zero survivors.