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21st Century War Rant Crunch






New York

Washington, D.C.

21st Century

War Rant


World Trade Center



Some parts of the world are cheap

Some parts of the world are expensive

People jumping out of windows

Twin towers collapsed

War against civilians

War against the military

Stock markets plunge

There is only one God

September 11, 2001

Airports shut down

F-16’s fllying over the east coast

White House evacuated

This is not 1812

Life becomes irrelevant

Government on a war-footing

Flights 11, 77, 93, 175

American psyche collapses

Close the Canadian border

Lock up Gaza again

Threat Com Delta

110 stories down

A lifetime to go

Full alert

8:48 a.m.

9:08 a.m.

Today we have a national tragedy

Disneyland closes

Baseball games cancelled

5,000 lives cancelled

Aircraft Carriers deployed

Call 911 an Inside Job

31 years ago PFLP blows up

3 jetliners in the Jordanian desert

What did Reagan do to Khadafy’s daughter

We will hunt down and punish who is responsible

G.W. Bush calls for a Crusade

Mullah’s attack the great Satan

22,000 caualties at Antietam in one day

Fredom attacked by a faceless coward

Pearl Harbor

Mass murder

Unyielding anger

Concentration camps

No distinction between terrorists

And those who harbor them


Who is responsible

Who is responsible for the cry of a baby

Who is responsible for the illness in all countries

What about the collective trauma

The nervous system gone bad

Who has compassion

What happened to JFK

Show me that Zapruder film again

Nature is the great healer

Images of sorrow

Others’ rights


Capitalist globalization


Extinction of species

Desperate people

A means to an end



Arms dealers

Social contexts


What is citizenship

Where are the leaders

What is the appropriate response

What is decency

What is humanity

Where does the insanity stop

Let’s welcome the Muslims to America

We’ll show them a good time

What was in their minds

Savage rage

What happened to the Cold War

I was comfortable then

Is self-interest the only true motivation

What about the Iraqi mothers

The one true God

When you hold people down

They rise up

The Thousand Year Reich is gone

We couldn’t help it

I want more information on the politics of cruelty

Tell me who the bastards are

Give me their names

Give me more jingoism



The United States has created more carnage

Than any other country in the history of civilization

I am appalled

I am shocked

Give me more CIA-FBI-Missile Defense System Bullcrap

Bring back GW’s father

What about health care


Human rights

Social security

My life is not irrelevant

All they wanted to do was steal resources

Sell weapons

Go through a structural adjustment

We are the most admired

We are the most hated

What are the causes

We are all in this together

I am angry

I am indignant

I want a stable world

No more global warming

Forget the interest of the wealthy

Repeal the death penalty

Let’s fall in love in the rain

What is shown to him is also in him

What happened was pathetic

I am not pathetic

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Usama bin Laden

It all starts from the family

The occupied territories



The belief in one God

Where’s the justice

Where’s the International Law

Where’s the restraint of the competing Fundamentalists

Who’ll stop the complex suffering

Energy follows the thought

Let’s have a dialogue

I can’t find peace

My arms are open  



[September 11, 2001]



[This poem by Richard Wilmarth (1949-2003) was retrieved by Arnold Peterson, who oversees the Richard Wilmarth Papers at the University of Rhode Island. For more on Mr. Wilmarth’s work, see http://www.uri.edu/library/special_collections/registers/manuscripts/msg165a.xml. Originally published in NHS 2011, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs11/.]