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Anti-war haikus

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Message Mick Jackson
I love nature as much as anyone: I bike and jog through nature preserves
and forests but haikus are too superb an art form to leave just to nature.

I penned these about 2 years ago - the Rumsfeld and gas price reference
rather date them, but, perhaps, they make even more sense today.

Hopes betrayed, dreams lost, constitution perverted, visions destroyed,
lives wasted, Iraq destroyed, all done by an insignificant bubble of a

These lines were written in anger; the anger remains.


Bombs, planes, guns, tanks, mines
monosyllabic madness
means make war no more

We send them to die
brave guys and gals but more are
cheap and available

Six died today but
Pakistani state dinner
their coffins I miss

War was decided
our slogan must be "freedom,
oil, and liberty"

Dictators best friends
no matter since we must be
America first

Not Panama but
a man, a plan, a failure
mad Donald Rumsfeld

Say can you see by
Baghdad's evening's mass carnage
freedom's bright gleaming

With pride I sent them
to Texan deaths but I kill
in Iraq multitudes

Swing low sweet rockets
coming to bring Iraqi deaths
they have the wrong God

America slumbers
Why not? Gas, you see, is cheap
less than three dollars

Mothers and fathers
send your loved children to die
freedom's a-rising

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