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Wednesday, November 08, 2006


by Carol Elizabeth Owens

“President Bush announced Wednesday that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down from his post.” – [Nov. 8, 2006]

season’s open
republicans can duck
for some proverbial cover
yet there isn’t safety
in the bushes
these days

you’ll see
leaves camouflage
a natural target—
the nation’s biggest bird of prey
its call tends to carry
abroad – it kills

firing off
a succession of fresh
rounds – those security details
are pure peacockery
but truth shall hit
the fan

have just mounted
an attack on foreign
policy – watch capitol hill
closely as the feathers
and fur begin
to fly

Carol Elizabeth Owens is an attorney and counselor-at-law in Western New York (by way of Long Island and New York City). She enjoys technical and creative writing. Her poetry has been published in several print and virtual publications. Ms. Owens loves the ways in which words work when poetry allows them to come out and play. The poem "rifling in the ranks" is written in a form called eintou (which is West African for "pearl," as in "pearls of wisdom").