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Wednesday, December 08, 2010


by David Radavich

The dreaded death panels
have come to pass.

In Arizona.
Under Republicans.

What the seers foretold—
ahead of schedule.

Just in time
for the arrival

of the babe
in the manger

but before the wise men
can bring any gifts

that will save
anyone from dying.

The ads
become flesh

in our
dark time.

David Radavich's poetry publications include Slain Species (Court Poetry Press, London), By the Way (Buttonwood Press, 1998),  Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2000), and America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View Press, 2007)as well as individual poems in anthologies and magazines. His plays have been performed across the U.S. and abroad, including five Off-Off-Broadway productions. He also enjoys writing essays on poetry, drama, and contemporary issues. His latest book is Canonicals: Love’s Hours (Finishing Line, 2009).