The
      Patriot's
Homecoming

by
James J. Roberts

The morning papers
PICTURED THEM
as they so neatly lay
PLASTIC BAGGED
AND ready for the grave
FIREWOOD
stacked in rows
WAITING FOR A MATCH
to burn the ribbons
FROM THEIR CHESTS
and toe tags from their toes..

An angry shake of head
AND HE WAS DONE
with news-page one,
AND TURNED INSTEAD
to news page two
WHERE MAIMED
and dying men
STARED UP AT HIM,
as mothers, wives
AND CHILDREN WEPT
with quiet burning eyes.

A POUT AND SCOWL THEN
twisted up the presidential  face.
"PICTURES WERE FORBIDDEN!"
he said, as he fumbled for the door
AND SPORTS SECTION NUMBER FOUR
which never had bad news of war,
BUT NASCAR RESULTS AND FOOTBALL SCORES
sometimes tennis...seldom more.
THE PRESIDENTIAL SMIRK APPEARED THEN
...Texas A&M had won again.

...and the NASCAR winner
HAD A HAPPY FACE,
not knowing yet his brother's race
HAD FINISHED IN ANOTHER PLACE
or that his brother made
NOT JUST PAGE ONE
of section four
BUT FRONT PAGE
...section one...
beneath a casket lid
BY A HANGAR DOOR.

Comforted by the smiling NASCAR face,
THE PRESIDENT SOUGHT ADDED GRACE
in news from mighty section three
WHERE FRIEND AND FAMILY STOCKS WOULD BE.
"Good news all!" he beamed.
"UP AGAIN IT SEEMS!
All's well, indeed,
GOOD SENATORS AND MEN!
Let's drive these stocks up again, my friends!
YOU KNOW....er...FOR THEM!
...our dead and wounded
WOMEN AND MEN

                ...our patriots and friends."

Footnote: 

Donald Rumsfeld, CEO and Chairman of Gilead Sciences, before being appointed U.S. Secretary of Defense is estimated to hold  in excess of $20,000,000 worth of Gilead Science stock and options, which have escalated wildly in value since he took his position in government.  The company keeps the exact amount of his stock ownership secret.  The the exact extent of his other oil and military stock holdings and those of his relatives is difficult to determine.  The U.S. Government aggressively promotes government stockpioing (at taxpayer expense) Gilead Sciences' "Tamiflu" as the best and only currently available flu vaccine to fight bird flu....even though it has been repeatedly proven to be of little value to combat an as yet undetermined human strain of H5N1 -- making Rumsfeld and family wealthier by the week via a highly questionable and suspect health policy

Richard Cheney, CEO of oil and gas giant Halliburton, before being elected Vice President of the United States, continues to received a deferred salary from the company. According to financial disclosure forms, he was paid $205,298 in 2001; $162,392 in 2002; $178,437 in 2003; and $194,852 in 2004. ôVice President Dick Cheney's Halliburton has already raked in more than $10 billion from the Bush-Cheney Administration for work in Iraq, much of it awarded without bid, and it has been awarded some of the first Katrina contracts," according to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) who says Cheney's 433,333 Halliburton stock options have increased in value by 3,000% since he was VP.  The the exact extent of his other oil and military stock holdings and those of his relatives is difficult to determine.

The Bush Family has oil and military interests so vast and complex that the exact extent of their stock options, and holding... and those of their relatives...is difficult, if not impossible to determine.. which is precisely the way some say they want to keep it.

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Wisdom
by
James J. Roberts

Wisdom,
Knowledge
and Innocence
come not by chance.

Innocence
from Wisdom springs,
and Wisdom's wings
to Knowledge cling.

The bitter yields of chance
(of ignorance and arrogance)
are fear and pain and war
...and very little more.

Sweeter fruits by far
reside in Wisdom's star.
It reigns (sic) down Peace
...never war.
 

The War to End all Wars
by
James J. Roberts

When it was won
and all the shooting done,
when all the boys
all returned,
in coffins
and in urns,
only then we
learned
wars' losers
hadn't lost
and its winners
had not won,
for at the end
of every war
another war
is waiting
to be begun
and to be won again
by all the boys
and all the men
who march to fight and win
"the war
to end all wars"
...again.


The
Good
Soldier
Said

by
James J. Roberts

I grow weary
of sneering
political men
betraying
the brave
and causing
the dead
for greed
which pays
for blood
in gold
until the final
drop's
been sold.

 


(Mr. Roberts, a member of the League of American Poets, is published in numerous print and electronic publications and is a frequent radio and television guest.  His poetry also will appear in the soon to be released,  "Treasury of American Poetry - III", ISBN: 0-9743429-8-X.)

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