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Saturday, June 30, 2007


by Charles Frederickson

Whose country is it anyway
        We are all casualties of
                This atrocious demoralizing misbegotten war
                        Spitfire melting pot boiling over

Just like La-La-Land horror movies
        But not global village translocations
                Venice California Cairo Illinois Toledo
                        Ohio Rome Georgia Paris Tennessee

How would you feel if
        Your hometown were taken over
                By stranger than strange aliens
                        Ignoble warriors offensive worry warts

Blackhawk switchblades hovering over Pleasantville
        Un-neighborly hoods blocked debris maze
                Alleyways strewn with human garbage
                        Shell shock trying American-can patience

Hollow unkempt promises breaking wind
        Echoes beginning to echo themselves
                Not-so-smart cluster bombs targeting infrastructure
                        Zapped electricity generating power struggle

Reel-life collapse of everyday routine
        Millions forced to flee chaos
                Private property possessions left behind
                        Bleak forecast abandoning last remains

Whose side are we taking
        Straddling whitewashed sectarian picket fence
                No hemorrhoidal relief in sight
                        Save never-ending saga grim reminders

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.