Babylon the Great

written Memorial Day 2012

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Written Memorial Day 2012

Wonderland smoke dims suicide fireflies under a Cheshire moon

mocking guerrilla teenagers

and confused tongues cry over dirty water dialogue

as crude hands sift gold from Babel sand

cutting orphan blood lines like teenage wrists

with eyes gouged from prophets

leaving a culture blind,

burning like Bronx tenements

in Sultanates looted for stale flat-bread

while fallen minarets replace dynasties of honey and milk

with multinational cholera and patent medicine,

clipping wings of human headed lions

holding receipts for chemicals and 80’s handshakes,

forgotten like the sixth commandment,

stockpiling sanctions followed by liberation

and a flying carpet exodus of Dresden dolls

to genie wishes and refugee camps

But God is on our side

and damage collateral,

Engagement rules in pencil

excuse slaughterhouse diplomacy

as a mail call respite

brings February-stale Christmas cookies,

erasing date palms along riverbanks,

playing chicken and zigzagging pale horses

and donkey carts

speeding…

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