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Sunday, May 15, 2011


by Steve Hellyard Swartz

Hard to tell if it's a DVD or a VHS
OBL kept his cards pretty close to his chest
A blanket to drape his festering scorn
Unable to sleep, he downloaded porn
The President says we don't need to see the videos
But I'd sure like to know what the CIA knows
Was OBL into straight, bi, or gay?
Or was he, like so many baby boomers, more into a buffet?
On 9/10/01 they say Mohammed Atta
Cruised the Miracel Mile and ate a fritatta
A Wal-Mart security cam shows him wearing a Polo shirt with a little red stain
For some weird reason that's stuck in my brain
I know that The Brothers were instructed that once in the US to keep it real
But that little stain means Atta ate his meal
And if he ate his meal, before going back to his room at The Budget Inn to shave
himself from his chin to his toe
Then on 9/10/01 Atta was still kind of human, at least partly so
My point being:
If Atta went to a Pizza Hut in Maine and ate a final meal
And if Bin Laden watched Jenna Jameson kneel and do her deal
Then what the hell does it all mean?
Could it be possible that we're all killing human beings?

Steve Hellyard Swartz is Poet Laureate of Schenectady, NY. He is a frequent contributor to New Verse News. Swartz is a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Patterson Review, The Southern Indiana Review, The Kennesaw Review, and online at Best Poem and switched-on gutenberg. He is the winner of a First Place Award given by the Society of Professional Journalists for Excellence in Broadcasting. In 1990, Never Leave Nevada, a movie he wrote and directed, opened at the US Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.