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As a poet reads the paper
tears trickle down in streams
so thick the ink begins to puddle
The truth seeps out
in blobs of soggy type
“Saddam Had Nothing
To Do With 9/11”
“Deaths Not Counted
To Lower Baghdad Body Count”
“Bush Admits To Secret
CIA Jails”
“Iraq Had No Weapons
Of Mass Destruction”
“Judge Ruled Terrorist Surveillance
Program Unconstitutional”

These headlines
set below the fold
or somewhere on back pages
still manage to flow through
administrative talking points
to make us grasp reality
that should stab
even prose writers
in the heart

Let us hope
that our collective shudder
rings loud at the polls


Copyright 2006