SECTION ELEVEN
POETRY PAGE THREE

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COLUMN EIGHTY-TWO, JANUARY 1, 2003
(Copyright 2003 The Blacklisted Journalist)


countdown to war - this is not a love poem

my dreams are now filled
with dead children bodies
piling up in the middle east
i see their smiles
their future
that could have been
i see the broken hearts of their mothers & fathers
and i cry in my sleep now

while awake
i see headlines
carefully constructed by the mass media
countdown to Iraq
who owns the media
who owns the missiles
who wants more children to die
for oil
for greed
for land
for the chosen few
who are these chosen few
are they me
are they you

can i remain awake or is life a nightmare
can i pray for peace
how can i belong to a human race
that celebrates war
and war makers like salvation
for freedom they never had
how can i look myself in the eyes
and know that i am just standing by
while the world is falling into the abyss of darkness
deeper and deeper
every day
where are the heroes

in the streets
marching
singing
shouting
make love not war
has that also been sensationalized
where is the line between what is real and what is virtual
do we really know what is going on
do we dare risk anything for our fellow brothers and
sisters that are suffering
in our world
do we dare
be heros
and not just sit by as
the bullets and missiles rain over the Palestinians
as the children in Afghanistan die like flies this winter
as the children in Iraq wait
with fear in their heart
what will happen next
as the children in Africa starve and die from AIDS
because our government wont lift off their depths
can we really sleep with out seeing those bodies
fill our dreams
the eyes the smiles
that will be
no more
do we dare
be heroes
be brave

or will we watch our world be crucified again
in fear
of love
in fear
the choice has never been more clear
what do you choose  ##

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