Amerika über alles by Ross Vassilev

my friend Bob Flanagan
wrote a novel called
about the horrors of
Parris Island
where they turn
Marine recruits into
killing machines

hearing the stories
on the news of
what American soldiers
do to Iraqi civilians
I’d say
mission accomplished

but the business
of the American people
is war

without war
we’d be just another
peaceful country

wasting away
the summer afternoons
drinking beer and
smoking pot in
the glorious setting sun.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For reasons only a few acquaintances and friends of Ross will understand, one is tempted to say "gonna pass." But this poem is a quieter Ross and not raging dross. I like its greater measure of control from the first word to the last. Peace be with him


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