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My brother from Rochester
gets me on my cell phone.
We play "Can you hear me now?"
a few times while he drives home
from Buffalo.
We talk politics,
finish each others sentences.
We are incredulous, outraged
in sync.
We agree that Rummy
is totally nuts.
Rumsfeld mused in his Senate testimony
on the viability of the Iraqi's vote
in January,
"Let's pretend...
3/4 or 4/5's...
So be it."

This maniac
should be locked up
before we bomb to death
3/4 or 4/5's of the Iraqi people.
"Nothing is perfect in life."


Copyright 2004 Arlyn Serber