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Tuesday, April 03, 2007


by Diane Elayne Dees

Five rugs for five bucks!
One hundred thousand
dead Iraqi women, children
and bystanders, thirty-two hundred
dead American civilians, two thousand
six hundred fifty dead American soldiers
for four hundred thirteen billion
seven hundred thousand million dollars.
Massive fraud for one and a half billion
dollars. Something no one in Washington
can find for eight billion eight hundred million
dollars. "I encourage you to all go shopping more."
Five rugs for five bucks!

Diane Elayne Dees recently received two Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry. She publishes a blog, The Dees Diversion, and is also a regular contributor to Mother Jones' MoJo Blog.