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Obama Explains Why We Need Another War

Gary Corseri: He says we must defeat them over there So they don’t kill Aunt Margaret over here (or Mom or Pop or me or you)...
Why We Need Another War

Obama Explains Why We Need Another War

He says we must defeat them over there
So they don’t kill Aunt Margaret over here
(or Mom or Pop or me or you), so Syria
Must go kaput!—or we shall have hysteria
Messing up football season… and it’s 6 years now
Since the Great Recession reared its pimple-head and now
Is the time for all good men to come to the aid
Of their country (& women, too) because when all is said
And done this is the greatest country ever
And the Commies couldn’t get us and the Terrorists won’t either,
So pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile—
Ain’t nothin’ to be scared about a little trouble for a while
Cuz the sun will shine thru tomorrow, tomorrow,
I love you tomorrow,
And God bless our soldiers and militarized police
And America—the land of the free and lover of peace!

Because…

“Puedo escribir versos mas tristes esta noche.”—Neruda
(Tonight I can write sadder verses.)

Because the moon has disappeared… from grief.
Because the children weep for their parents.
Because memories are whitewashed… and stolen.
Because words have lost their meaning.

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Because I have lived through this before.
Because, I assure you, this does not end well.
Neither Nature nor Nurture can save us.
Because we have murdered Nature.

Because we are peasants in a land of thieves.
Because we are beyond consolation.
Because beauty is sold into whoredom.
Because the coin of the realm is a slug.

Because we pray, but have forgotten how.
Because we “find,” but dare no longer seek.
Because we enslave—others and ourselves.
Bowing to fools, we shackle the wise.

The Children of Light flutter…and depart,
Leaving their questions in the quivering air:
“Why bring us into this pinwheel of sorrow?
Wasn’t it better not to be born?”

Gary Corseri