CUIDADO

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

The United States government sponsors a training camp for Central American dictators at Ft. Benning, Georgia. It has changed names several times, but at one point it was known as the School of the Americas.

CUIDADO

all pardons on us, most heavenly father, 
for we have had your wives for breakfast. 

revolution should be a poor man's fist, 
covered in shit and fleeting promises; 
we do not deal in subtleties here, 
this is not a finishing school. 

georgia's beautiful in the summertime, 
when young men's fancies turn to rape; 
georgia's lovely in the wintertime, 
when old despots' thoughts turn to action. 

when the peepholes start squealing freedom, freedom- 
who am i to stand on their filthy necks, 
who am i to display their broken bodies, 
who am i to enjoy the fruits of their children? 

i am the well-trained way, der Truth, das Light, 
no man comes to know power but through me, 
i am the grass that grew high at Austerlitz, 
(i still work.) 

pardons on all of us, 
ye heavenly hosts, 
for we have used your servants 
as bulletin boards.


Submitted: February 04, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Michael Pollick. All rights reserved.

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