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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


by Bill Costley

In the off-limits tea-houses
the story-tellers are adding
mythicized names to the tall-tale
of invaders of Afghanistan:

from Sikandar (Alexander) to
Macnaughten, Elphinstone,
Pavlovski, Nawroz, as

McChrystal, their latest addition,
stands at the tail-end of history,
his tall-tale barely beginning.

Bill Costley serves on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union.