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WAR HAT

This is my war hat, said the smirking man to the searing concrete.
I’m a war president! A war president! War’s all I know! All I know!

There is something in the stale braying of the man who hangs
words about in dread, who barks and yelps, War War War War, eternal…

This is the inane bray of an oafish bully a pseudo-tyrant’s howl, a full on liar’s groan,
I’m a war president! A war president! War’s all I know!

For all those countermand to peace they’ve a king in him.

© 2006 mrp/thepoetryman

32 Lebanese and 4 Israelis Killed Friday

Thousands of Iraqis Chant Death to Israel- Death to America!

gOD

First bloom
Bomb
IED
Sacrament
Deity
Folded pain
Given thee
…A plea
…A grasp
…A hope
…A bomb
…An IED
…An unfurrowed pain
…An offering to thee
Bloom
Bomb
IED
Children
Ache
Forfeit
Thee
…Take this tree, gOD
…Take this flower
…Crush this stone
…This father
…This mother
…Arid land
…Emptiness
We are
In your image
Beautiful
Furious
Loving
Failing


Copyright © 2006 mrp

MASK OF WAR (A short play)

Two mothers have a conversation with War personified...
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
~Eve Merriam

(Two mothers stand center as lights rise on the bare stage.)

Open the play [+/-]


M1:
Come now, Bara’ah! Time for school!

M2:
Hedasaa! Where are your books?

M1:
Bara’ah, hurry! You will be late for school!

M2:
Hedasaa, hurry! I have your lunch! Let’s go!

M1:
Bara’ah!

M2:
Hedasaa!

(The women now cross left and right and then cross downstage edge calling out over the audience.)

M2:
Did you hear your mother?

M1:
I said for you to come now!

(A slow and sad violin solo now begins to play. The women look toward one another but do not acknowledge the other as broken concrete and debris begins to slowly descend around them from above. The women again call out over the audience.)

M1:
I said come on, slow poke!

M2:
You better get a move on! I’m giving you ten seconds, young lady!

M1:
It is time for school, Bara’ah!

M2:
…Five! Four! Three! Two! One!

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