Guilty By Association

Is the U.S. at war right now? If so, with whom? It is hard to rally around a cause that is not tangible or visible in the everyday lives of most, and it is impossible to rally around a cause you do not even know exists. ~ Maryanne Magnier

Last 20 years, we’ve learned war
is essential to grow
the evil empire. Civilian slaughter

Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Yemen,
East Timor, Afghanistan, Phillipines

from 800 forts, US military in 70 countries,
no budget in sight, every high school
student assigned a recruiter

Georgia, Djibouti, Haiti
Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea

Endless propaganda blaring over terse
reality (Khashoggi dismembered
in the Turkish embassy) Assange

Pakistan, Lebanon, Palestine,
Somalia, Libya, Uganda

deep in solitary, only puppets
parroting inane smears
distract from this litany

Jordan, Turkey, Chad
Syria, Cameroon, Damascus

(Our outraged tweets gaslit
by trolls’ cockiness only a true
echo chamber can provide.)

Venezuela regime change 

Trillions of secret dollars killing children,
converting their siblings to warriors
intent on revenge, and the lies

War on Terror, War on Drugs

like rusting hulks exposed on the lawns,
no attempt now to cover them, and we march-step
into certain doom, like a foray

War on Protest, War on Journalists

to an alternate planet, the promised treat
for good children: hush, kneel in silence
surely waiting for goodness and mercy

Inspired by:  Terse, Fort, Foray and Association.

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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

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