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Sonnet: Even Miles Davis Can't Save This One

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Sonnet: Even Miles Davis Can't Save This One

by John Kendall Hawkins


The horns are moaning, the hands are wringing.

I'm so angry it makes me kinda blue.

I'd like to put my mute in and subdue

this kinda blue. Blown up angels singing

America the Beautiful. Haggard

beaten down middle class men. War fatigue

has settled in. Jukebox: Mountain King: Grieg.

Lined up at the VA for meds, ragged.

The Green Zone girls left behind to suffer:

shot in their Dominos first job aprons.

T-men flaunting the left-behind-weapons.

For this kind of blue, there is no buffer.

To hear the Talking Heads tell it, the war

was noble, but, then again, s/he's a whore.

Navy Steel Band plays Dylan. Pass the bong!

(Article changed on Sep 16, 2021 at 11:08 AM EDT)

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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