On the Fortuitous Poverty of Memory

Introducing a friend of Peace, Case Wagenvoord,

The following poem was written by Renato Redentor Constantino
who has been called the Phillipine's Eduardo Galeano.

An Opening Benediction

Hallowed Homeland, great Fatherland,
Bless the star-spangled armada massing today in the Persian Gulf.
Bless the gallant, nuclear-powered cavalry.
They have come once more near the place of the malefactors called
Iranians to punish purveyors of fell deeds.
Glorious, indispensable natioin,
Bless your cruisers, destroyers, and submarines.
Part the sea for the steel raiment of the Uss Nimitz, the Uss Dwight D.
Eisenhower, and the Uss John C. Stennis aircraft carrier battle groups.
Purify your soldier so they may do the bidding of the red, white and Bush.
Bring them to temptation but lead them away from the epiphany of
Men do not care to remember,
And women would rather forget,
And the innocent bombs, they know not what they do.


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