First the Bad News

in eastern bagdad
a U.S. airstrike
three iraqi boys
looking through trash
for something
to sell

it is global day
in darfur
bodies pile up


the torch
passed through
the Sudan
a genocide Olympic flame
will burn in China

celebrities will protest
on CNN
another year
will pass

10 Responses to First the Bad News

  1. johemmant says:

    That ending is so well done, such weight in the words……..and the olympic torch, a clever, clever central image, illuminating the horror and the political sangfroid of it all…………such futility, whichever way we turn. Very well done, Scot (cept shouldn’t it be a US airstrike, for scanning sake, even if technically incorrect).

  2. Bob says:

    It would seem that as a species we haven’t earned the convolutions that supposedly separate us from other species. Peter, Paul and Mary offered “When will they ever learn?” to which Peggy Lee replied, “If that’s all there is, my friend, then let’s keep dancing…”

    Apparently, the dance is eternal. I hate how accurate this piece is, Scot.

  3. ybonesy says:

    Wow. The kind of poem for which I have no words, except to say thanks.

  4. Scot says:

    Bob, I guess it is

  5. Scot says:

    thank you for reading

  6. Just the right words to show the insanity of war. A great poem.

  7. Scot says:


    thanks for the kind words

  8. Pris says:

    A good, painful poem, Scot. When will we learn?

  9. Scot says:

    not betting we ever will

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