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Victory or Defeat

Father’s last assault
draws in
baby’s last breath.
Fabrication must become his accessory.
Internal mechanisms pump cowardice through his being.

Child, nurtured, receiving parental love.
Positive reinforcement a life long companion.
Success accomplished at the peak of the mountain.
I’d rather run toward victory
than away from defeat.

Iraqi civilians held hostage
by remains of ancient beasts.
Sky sent stilettos cut through cities like spent, stranded glass.

Doctors without borders disavow danger,
bring comfort, healing
to places, people languished by deep seeded
monsters of mortals.
I’d rather run toward victory
than away from defeat.

Blue coats hold night sticks
like tennis rackets,
flog horizontal, helpless
body begging for cessation.
Rage, their leader,
hue, their marching orders.

Officer offers counsel
to impressionable young creatures.
Wise words light their way through life.
They remember a beacon amidst uncertainty.
I’d rather run toward victory
than away from defeat.

Infantile politicians use words like swords.
Defamation strangles opponent;
opponent conspires with dull minded retaliation,
hoping to win the witless war.
Brave masses stand up to arrogant strength,
well organized invasion,
marching machine.
Proud masses embrace liberty,
conceive a nation.
I’d rather run toward victory
than away from defeat.

COPYRIGHT 2001 by Michael Bonanno
LOC Reg. #TXu 988-155

Reproduction of “Victory
or Defeat” or any part
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