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The Wrong Man

No More Landmines

War and Love

Rebirth

Bombs


 

The Wrong Man

You shot the wrong man
I told you
again and again
Not every Afghan
Is a Taliban

© Victor Margolin 2002

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No More Land Mines

America has a new policy in Afghanistan
Said General Stonewall
at a recent news conference
We are now bombing landmines
Ten million are still buried in Afghan soil
We will blow up each and every one
Before an innocent civilian steps on it
The roads will be made safe
For Afghans who are traveling
To Pakistan and Iran

We will send high school choruses
to engage the hearts and minds
of the Afghan people
Their resistance to the Taliban
Can only be emboldened
When they hear young Americans
Lifting their voices in song
Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the coming of the Lord
And Truth goes marching on

And we will change the contents
of the food packages
that fall from the sky
Twinkies and Oreos
will rain down on Afghanistan
Instead of rice and peanut butter

Twinkies and Oreos
Bombs and Ballads
America first
America last
Out with the land mines
In with the pipelines
One, two, three, four
We won’t stop the war no more

© Victor Margolin 2001

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War and Love

You speak at me
I speak at you
War

You speak to me
I speak to you
Civility

You speak with me
I speak with you
Friendship

You speak in me
I speak in you
Love

© Victor Margolin 2001

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Rebirth

I was a strong man
A patriotic American
A trader on Wall Street

When I died I returned to earth
as a poor Afghan woman
My penthouse became a makeshift hut
My Armani suit became a burqa

In New York I made millions
In Kandahar I had no work

My flights to Club Med
became flight from the foreigner’s bombs
My pride in the United States
became anger at the United States

Once I knew power
And now I knew fear
Perhaps I’d know compassion
the next time around

© Victor Margolin 2001

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Bombs

Bombs are like shoes
Doc Marten bombs
Blunt and direct
Good for airports and supply depots

Birkenstock bombs
With arch supports
Just right for hospitals

Wedgie bombs
With pom poms
Slip on a pair
And slip them off
When you see the Taliban
Below

© Victor Margolin 2001

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