Foreign Policy Poem
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:
FOREIGN POLICY 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
OPERATION SHOOT FISH IN A BARREL
OPERATION INDISCRIMINATE KILLING
OPERATION OUR HOLOCAUST JUSTIFIES ANYTHING
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