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NYT – 8/21/13- Reported: “The Syrian government vociferously denied mounting any chemical attack, and its ally Russia accused Syrian rebels of launching a rocket with an unknown chemical agent that had caused civilian casualties, calling it a preplanned effort to accuse the government of President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.”  Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, even though reported as the “ostensible” facts.   Where the hell is the NYT editorial page that doesn’t have to pander to nothing but the facts, and can offer a “logical” opinion.  In this case, WTF?  Do Syrians and the Russians honestly believe any thinking person with an IQ in excess of the average Tea Party “suck up” would ever believe such nonsense?  Seems we’re left with…

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Perchance One Day

Perchance One Day?
          by Odin Roark

Pick your war

So long ago
Living by reason became paralyzed
Birds soared into reluctant retreat
Knowing this was not the nature they were born into

Souls chafed against destroyed landscapes
Like listless boats against moorings
Their piers desperately inviting closure
By any means


Habit of no identity
Continues to proliferate dominance over the innocent
Where guns infuse might
To make right the removal of…

Hopefully in the future
A glance from behind shattered windows
Will reveal an undulating live symbol of
All the glorious colors
A white flag unfurling proudly can display
Not as surrender
But as a pronouncement
“I am a human”

Such might invite a long awaited embrace

Perchance One day?

Copyright © Odin Roark

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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 8:28:00 PM
    Deep, intense, thought provoking! War is senseless, de-humanizing. You captured that feeling well, Odin! I especially liked the way you wrote the ending, the change of meaning for the white flag. Well done! Love, Kim