June 01, 2004


Battle Haiku

I've been rather affected by Memorial Day this year, quite likely because I've cultivated some World Wide Web friendships with some men either currently in the sandbox, recently home from serving there, or veterans of wars over the last few decades.

I can think of no other reason for sitting down and writing Haiku, a poetry form I've never been terribly good at, and consequently one I tend to avoid. Like the plague. Or a butt-ugly drunk.

But I sat last night at my parents' home and watched The Longest Daywith them, and strangely enough these darned Haiku kept buzzing about in my consciousness like big, black attic flies in the kitchen window on a warm winter day. They wouldn't leave me alone until I wrote them down.

So indulge me. I had to do something with them. It was me or them.

NCO becomes
Second Lieutenant.
Officer now lost.

Damp and sticky sand
grows bright crimson and amorphus.
Sea slowly disburses.

Claymore no longer
a blade wielded with honor.
Hot shrapnel horror.

Strangers by birth,
they break down all dif'rences.
Brothers to the end.

Canopy reduced
to fluttering silk ribbon.
"Beautiful Streamer."

Hacked Off

I strongly suggest you head over to Dok Russia's Bloodletting and give a read to his recent post. Particularly the Novak Nonsense at the end.

Yes, another "Journalist Pundit" becomes a hack propagandist against our troops, from the least experienced private to the Commander in Chief. People like that disgust me.

Go ahead, read it.

Hacked Off, Redux

And While I'm on a major piss-off, go read this from Poisoning Pigeons. There is nothing to add without causing undue stress to my cardio-vascular and neurological systems.

Posted by Mamamontezz at June 1, 2004 06:51 PM

Momamontezz, Great post, as I get older I tend to check out the obituaries to see if I'm in there. Robert Novak is another name I'd like to see in the Obits along with Andy Rooney amongst others of their ilk.

Posted by: Jack at June 1, 2004 09:25 PM

Thanks for putting the spotlight on this asshat Robert Novak.

Also (on an upbeat note) - great "battle haiku"! This new genere is full of possibilities.

Posted by: asher abrams at June 1, 2004 11:44 PM
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