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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No Tamed Territory

No Tamed Territory

Iraq is not a dead country,
even with so many dead,
it is not a tamed territory, either,
even with so many now being fed,
it's an open university of barracks,
and American military civility,
teaching the Iraqi young
so many things to go out
into the world with,
apart from possibly
its own democracy;

for Iraq needs to be
more than a huge sea
of change that is but a noise
of surf lost on other waves of shore,
before it can be a grand reformation
it needs to be education;
it needs to be roads,
it needs to be books,
it needs to be a blanket
for the poor, it needs to be with
its children before they are no more.

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