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Tuesday, March 20, 2007


by Charles Frederickson

Two million Iraqis have already
     Fled their once proud nativity
          Another two million internally displaced
               Rejects needing acceptance anywhere else

Affordable options no longer are
     Bloody loan sharks nest eggs
          Sucked dry safes cracked open
               Orphaned chicks gone to seed

Beheaded dysfunctional family heritage devalued
     Slit throats bullet-ridden neighborhoodlum skullduggery
          Humanure garbage dump ghosts dispossessed
               Tortured cadavers rotten trash stench

Rusty padlocked doorjambs coming unhinged
     Barbed promise Watergates outpouring restraint
          Unwanted posters live wire dead-ends
               Borderline hypocritical double-crossing No Entry

Labeled condemnable axes of we-evil
     Syria Iran Jordan absorbing drain-off
          Steely sieve leaking spaghetti western
               Good bad ugly un-American immorality

US versus everybody else myopia
     Not in my Pleasantville backyard
          Weedy grassroots welcome mat yanked
               Unsettling Lady Liberty’s torch snuffed

Innocent alien survivors plead guilty
     In search of freedom happier
          Future for reunited ever-loving family
               Nowhere should be off limits

Dr. Charles Frederickson is a Swedish-American-Thai pragmatic optimist, idealistic visionary and heretical believer who has wandered intrepidly through 206 countries, an original sketch and poem for each presented on This maverick e-gadfly is a member of World Poets Society, based in Greece, with 200+ poetry publication credits on 6 continents, such as: angelfire, Ascent Aspirations, Auckland Poetry, bc supernet, Blind Man’s Rainbow, Both Sides Now, Caveat Lector, Cordite Poetry Review, Dance to Death, Decanto, Eclipse, Flutter Magazine, Greatworks, Green Dove, Indite Circle, International Poet, Listen & Be Heard, Living Poets, Madpoetry, Melange, Newtopia, Planet Authority, Poetisphere, Poetry Canada, Poetry of Scotland, Poetry Stop, Poets for Peace, Poetry Superhighway, Pyramid, Sage of Consciousness, Stellar Showcase, Subtle Tea, Sz, The Smoking Poet, T-zero, Ya’Sou! Ygdrasil, Zafusy.