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Empires (Greasy Haiku)

By Kathy Y. Wilson · April 16th, 2003 · Your Negro Tour Guide
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Bring me men/bring me men/men with empires in their purpose.
-- "Empires," Lamya

1.

Twenty-five day war

Palm Sunday Jesus walked palms

Baghdad goes to town

2.

Nauseated now

unemployed undertaker

shores oil shores oil shores

3.

It's wall-to-wall oil

while in Asia SARS scares US

brown people get used

4.

Seven are alive

sun beats down sandstorms of change

Saddam's DNA

5.

Beat around the Bush

he who convinces US to

send him send her, them

6.

Coalitions forced

looters snatching newfound rights

abandoned palace

7.

Troops first took a shit

to prove that global shitting

isn't all missiles

8.

While running down streets

gargantuan torso goes

a boy smacks its head

9.

In Hussein's Tikrit

U.S.

soldiers sun themselves

in khaki relief

10.

Guided by voices

is Syria next in line?

Five more years, he said.

11.

Wearing White House briefs

makes Rumsfeld, Powell and Rice

Oreo axes

12.

Televised liars

tell truths we don't want to face:

"We'll run that city."

13.

Arms countered by will

bomb suicidally bomb

coalitions dumbfound

14.

In America

box-office receipts are up

sunshine returns home

15.

Rita Dove wrote that

she's "crueler than government"

poems often are



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