MacArthur

Uncivil War, Dugout Doug MacArthur, Oh Say Can You See, Heart Trumps Art

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4 POEMS

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-saiom shriver-

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OH SAY CAN YOU SEE

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"Oh say can you see"
by the bombs' early light
the agony, the despair
when blind men fight

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UNCIVIL WAR

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Masses massacred.
Was there ever a Civil War?
Are all wars
barbaric, uncivil?
Many would argue
that wars to free slaves, the war
to fight Hitler, wars to be freed
of colonial invasion, the battle of
Kurukshetra (the battle of the Bhagavad
Gita) are necessary
despite the mass slaughter of
civilians, soldiers, animals,
forests. Whatever ones opinion,
the leaders of great religions
such as Buddha, Jesus, Krishna
teach universal nonviolence.

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DOGOUT DUG MACARTHUR

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He was called by his troops
'dugout Doug' MacArthur.
His touted "I shall return"
was said to the soldiers
he abandoned when he boated
off to Australia as they were
forced into the Bataan Death March
and death or torture and imprisonment.
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Footnote: Recently an American
general became the first war zone
casualty general since the war in
Vietnam.

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HEART TRUMPS ART

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After many decades of suicides,
1600, with a record 46 in 2013,
after the opposition of those
who said suicide barriers
would harm the bridge's esthetics
there will finally be such barriers.
The Golden Gate to the heart
is opening.

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