The Flight of Nazguls

(written during The Bush Years and the Invasion of Iraq)

Unpacking of the head of the Statue of Liberty, which was delivered on June 17, 1885. From Wikipedia.

Unpacking of the head of the Statue of Liberty, which was delivered on June 17, 1885. From Wikipedia.

 

La Vieille Dame

I've seen her stranded as the harbour waters lap beneath her metal skirt, and I've heard her cry silently in the night.

Her crown, like antennae, buzzes with news of Super Hornet and drone.

So many forms of mechanized death.

Is it for this that she opened her arms to the world? 

 

The Next Generation

 

The ancient fleets sit in the harbour

wrapped in black covers

like evil gods.

Pandora plucks the string

and the contagion is let loose

into the green world:

birthday presents for Moloch and Ahriman

Kali and Ereshkigal.

 

On the decks of the supercarriers —

flat decks for Nazguls —

a thousand Harriers lift off like killer bees

to swarm the command posts and strafe the villages

while the big guns aboard the Super Hornets

flying at almost twice the speed of sound

drop their payloads of death.

 

The Fire That Still Burns

 

Your hand stretches toward the heavens

to fire the imagination and light the way

for the huddled masses

the wretched and the poor.

Yet Oh my God in the thundering cloud

who lit the napalm flame

and closed the door?

Statue of Liberty ca. 1900 (Wikipedia)

Statue of Liberty ca. 1900 (Wikipedia)