Monday, November 14, 2005

photo by Timothy Fadek

the con job
by Charles Bukowski

the ground war began today
at dawn
in a desert land
far from here.

the U.S. ground troops were
largely
made up of
Blacks, Mexicans and poor
whites
most of whom had joined
the military
because it was the only job
they could find.

the ground war began today
at dawn
in a desert land
far from here
and the Blacks, Mexicans
and poor whites
were sent there
to fight and win
as on tv
and on the radio
the fat white rich newscasters
first told us all about
it
and then the fat rich white
analysts
told us
why
again
and again
and again
on almost every
tv and radio station
almost every minute
day and night
because
the Blacks, and Mexicans
and poor whites
were sent there
to fight and win
at dawn
in a desert land
far enough away from
here.

2 comments:

Jules said...

I copied this poem. I hope you don't mind.http://julespoetry.blogspot.co

Stardust said...

This is a poem by Charles Bukowski and I copied it from another website. It is a poem that makes one realize who really is fighting our battles here...minorities and the poor people. The rich and powerful are the ones who stay safely on our home soil getting fat and giving the orders. War is happening so far away from here, once the television is turned off, few think about what is going on in the far off lands.