Foreign Policy Poem

by lizard

It’s festival of the book week for Missoula’s literati who appreciate the refined sensibilities of literature.

The Indy takes a look at one of the festivals more exuberant organizers, Tahj Kjelland.

Tahj is doing some amazing work with at-risk kids by directly channeling the power of spoken word in a way that grabs his young audience’s attention. Read the article, it’s encouraging, unlike the poem below.

It’s nice to be writing poems again after a cycle of songs has mostly run its course. I wrote the following poem almost immediately after reading JC’s post about the new American war without a name. It’s the kind of political poem that is too historically specific to be of any lasting use, but hey it rhymes (sort of) and hence has power—at least that’s what Morpheus says in The Lego Movie (as an aside, Lego recently pledged to divorce Shell from its brand after pressure brought by Greenpeace).

Now here’s the poem:


we have a war they cannot name
and packaged enemies like product lines
disaster juggling, spot to spot
one month Ukraine a plane shot down
the month before a Zionist war called

I mean
I mean

our newest war is hard to name
our allies helped zap Frankenstein
beheading Syria is still the game
so sometimes the staging is poorly timed

America has an exceptional
capacity to be deceived
we crave the nightmare packaging
we watch tv, we truly believe

—William Skink

  1. I like that last line especially. If it is on TV, if it called “news,” people accept it as true without question. There’s a similar mindset regarding liberals and the NY Times, as if the truth is not revealed until it appears there. This keeps liberals from venturing out into the jungle of lies to think for themselves.

    It is revealing that corporate media, which is owned by the military industrial complex, runs to show us beheading videos, but has censored videos to treatment of force-fed prisoners at Gitmo. Sensing an agenda yet?

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