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Black Gold

Through the valleys of fear
Roaring thunder from guns echoes
Squeezes itself out to the open meadows
Floodgates of heaven opens
Watering the wounded soldiers` feverish body
Human bloodshed colors the green grass red

Fighting to get to the Black Gold
Another poor country's back bone broken
Another dictator making a fortune
Who cares if thousands of his own people gets tortured
slaugthered,or beaten to death..?
Mr.Dictator: We`ll keep our mouth shut,if you just give us your Black Gold
My leader sends me out with a gun in my hand
Maybe am lucky enough,to come home in a wheelchair or with a lost sanity
In exchange for shitty oil money..I get post-traumatic stress

My leaders would pay dictators billions of dollars
But due to budget deficit,they wont pay for the healing of my lost body and thoughts
In the name of Freedom and Democray
We will fight to get your Black Gold
My leaders:..You are such a bunch of bullies!

Estimated price spent on Iraq war: $ 3 Trillion..
How many recessions could those figures paid off..?
After paying your war with my health
You return the favor by throwing famillies into yet another recession
My leaders,shame on You..You`re such a bunch of bullies!

September 1st 2012

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  1. Date: 4/26/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Good morning Arlid, stopping by to say hi, ... Hope you are feeling a little better. .. always~ Tiger Tex... Linda

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 10:11:00 AM
    Arlid, hope you are doing well....pd

  1. Date: 10/14/2012 12:32:00 PM
    your imagery brings this piece to life...powerful poem!

  1. Date: 10/14/2012 3:07:00 AM
    WOW Arild! I cant tell you how much your poem is touching and how much it said what I have been trying to express every time I opened the T.V and saw what happened in Iraq. As n Arab I could really relate! Enjoyed reading it ..Omneya

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 10:54:00 PM
    I'd say this is a 10 and the truth,,,, Hey Arild thank you for reading my " I Was There Watching" poem. I wrote it back in 1987 ;}

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 1:00:00 AM
    this is an awesome and powerful write, Arild. Congratulations!!!! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by. More power and blessings always! :) leonora

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 12:44:00 PM
    Powerful write, Arild. Trying situations brought on by greedy hopeless circumstance. "Black Gold", honchos are possessed, as though this dark oil runs through their veins? Sorrowful that they don't help the workers and their families out more. Often seems to be the way it goes when greed sets in like manic disease. Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 12:23:00 PM
    Arlid, wow... your poem has power... i feel the physical drama this world displays... I'm off to give your poem a better image by checking out the website listed above... thank you..PD...

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 6:08:00 AM
    Arild needless to say those that get affected by this adversely hardly gets mentioned, even though they are the ones who fight the demons they have encountered for the rest of their lives. Compelling write my friend, love & hugs CTC

  1. Date: 9/1/2012 12:19:00 PM
    Hi Arild! :) Did you write this one from the perspective of a US citizen? It certainly reads that way. Only difference i see is that the US is 15 trillion in debt, and have to wonder how much of that was spent on war. It is really a very shameful senerio. Excellently written. hugs, catie :)

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    Date: 9/1/2012 12:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Catie:) No,this actually goes on at this side of the "fjord" as well my friend:-)