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
Michael Oremus, 21,
makes the “Honor Roll”
at the end of the Lehrer News Hour.
A young fellow named Oremus
is among the escalating deathtoll
from the War Against Terrorism
that inspired myriads
to become America-hating terrorists.
Michael Oremus, one of the thousands
of victims of a jackass in a jumpsuit
who plunged Iraq into a hellpit
in the name of God and Democracy.
Michael Oremus, one of the charge of
a latterday Light Brigade
extinguished by Rumsfeld's
noble 2 thousand 7 hundred.
Theirs not to reason why
theirs but to do and die
because someone blundered.
Michael Oremus, 21–
did he know his name means
"Let Us Pray"
a frequent phrase in the Latin Mass,
an unbloody sacrifice intended
to replace the vicious circle
of crucifixions Wilfred Owen lamented?
Anybody would be proud
to be on the Honor Roll in high school.
But the deathtoll Honor Roll
is one Honor Roll most of us
could gladly live without.
Ours not to reason why
ours but to do and die.
Oremus. Let Us Pray.
[Note: Oremus is pronounced oh-ray-mus]
[Originally published in NHS 2007, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs07/Jeff_Poniewaz.htm.]