Thursday, November 15, 2012


Going thru some old poems, I came across "Defeat," which I finished on 6 July 2010. It has a concatenation of names and events that seem especially ironic at this moment:


We are in this to win.

            --General David Petraeus, on assuming command in Afghanistan


The general says we will win in Afghanistan

The president says we will plug the leak in the Gulf

The governor says we will close the budget deficit


Senators say we must reduce Social Security

Al Gore says we must reduce CO2 emissions

And switch to renewable energy


And in every case we know in our hearts

That we are headed for defeat—in the war,

In the Gulf, in the economy, in the environment . . .
                                                        The New Verse News

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