The president came on the tube last night
to tell the country how the times have changed.
Improved, but not enough. The speech arranged
with care. Electrically intense. Eyes clear. Lips tight.
Jaw set. Some visible regret, but firm to fight
for who knows what? To save the world from strange
dark evil forces. Oil. The reasons range
from dumb to crude, but come out looking bright.
That is until you think about the cost
not just in dollars, time, and truth, but in
the shattered lives of those whose dreams are tossed
like twigs into a holocaust. Thin
chance of green relief this year. We’ve seen
the big boys greasing up their war machine.