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Saturday, August 11, 2007


by Terry Swann

nothing to fear
but fear itself!
bellowed the man in the wheelchair
the great depression and
world war two
wilted in his strength
and ours
mission accomplished!
bellowed the man in the flight suit
but the enemy did not wilt
war on terror!
was his mantra
as he tortured
and tapped
and rendered extraordinarily
and cut paper dolls
from the constitution
and we
and we
in our fear gripped guzzlers
forgot that we feared
and weakly submitted
to the coward
in the cold comfort costume

Terry Swann is a writer-photographer who lives in Phoenix, AZ. He sold eight screenplays while a Hollywood screenwriter and he ran his own advertising agency for 20 years.