H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Which Way Does This Bird Fly?
Is this what a modern ghost-town civil war looks like when it's unfolding across the
ornithological neuropathways of America's heartland?
A virtual conflict fought with corporate logos & internet joysticks so no one keels
over in U.S. hospitals, but thousands of tens perish on asphalt unfinished
teapot boiling emergency room streets of Iraq?
While acrobats of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela pilot solar-powered helicopters
onto the triangular landing pads of 21st century gymnasium rooftops,
the Bush administration remains mudstuck worried about 2000 and 2004 vote tallies
so is laying a trail of depleted uranium dust to cover its tracks,
and America's windmills are blowing our lead-lined windowless copters
back in ahistoric time to the McKinley 19th.
Across the partially beheaded streets of every state in the union, young people have
weathered ROTC anthrax advertising attacks and beaten real or synthetic drums
for peace, housing, healthcare, & carbon sequestration--
In the lobbies of America's most eccentric rainbow drought hotels, songwriters without
enough guitar strings have penciled tunes for more humane global instruments.
Artists are stepping up after their 5th grade no-child-looks-behind math proficiency
exam to draw pictures of Bush being led out the Yellow House in white candy
Only 18 people in the entire country are willing to be photographed with Cheney!
But somehow an electroshock Occupied Territories Fence has been built along
deserted Election Day alley roads between the smoke-stained halls of
government and the ever-circling computer-hacked will of the people
and it looks impossible to get these guys out the exit door for another three years!
What Christian pastor in his or her right mind would approve the raining down of white
phosphorus at Falluja?
What orthodox or reformed Rabbi would bless Pentagon's El Salvador-style creation
of Shiite death squads roaming back porches of Baghdad?
Could even the most patriotic mosque in America rationalize angry American soldiers
rounding Iraqis in Abu Sifa or Haditha for vengeful execution?
Is there a Hindu god that can paint over those pictures of hooded electric torture we all
witnessed with our own eyes at Abu Ghraib?
Why does a born-again American president make the Buddhist shrines across India
tear & tremble?
How do we get from marching Times Square recruiting station and playing Hammerstein
Ballroom antiwar piano to a newly paved policy road for America?
How many Americans would risk crossing the Democracy Wall without proper
documents to join a Movement of the Democratic Left?
[Originally published in NHS 2006, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs06/Katz.htm.]