[One]
 
in a room filled 
with glitter and spotlights
 
reflected from a polished oak
floor
 
a beauty queen
expresses her desire
for world peace
 
most of the eyes 
are fixed on her breasts
 
 
[Two]
 
somewhere in the north 
of Helmand province 
 
a marine’s head
lies in the wilderness
 
smoke streams into cold
blue sky
 
and war moves like a mammal
 
herding in silence towards
an empty trough
 
 
[Three]
 
I watch the news 
it spills out blueness
 
flickers against my face
into my eyes 
 
another name 
another star spangled
flag to drape
 
my stomach
  turns
  again 
& again
 
like a series of stone windmills 
in a low-lying country
 
 
[Four]
 
placing the tiara 
atop a mound of blonde hair
set firm by a can-full of lacquer
 
the head judge 
smiles at the architecture
of Lola’s nipples
 
whispering softly
“I liked the originality
 of your speech the most”
 
 
[Five]
 
in this tinderbox
it only takes a spark
 
and no amount of blood
or words
can extinguish the flame
 
 
 
 
 
 
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