Revolutionary Worker #1194, April 6, 2003, posted at rwor.org
The RW received the following poem which was written by a college student.
State of the Union
Nightmares scroll from teleprompters
Read aloud by thieves and monsters
Who promise to be ruthless mobsters
In order to appease their sponsors
Valentines shiver in the chaotic cold,
Iraqi lives are bought and sold
As stocks and bonds investors hold
Rise along with each death toll
Oh say, is that blood in the red stripes of star spangled?
The same blood of lynchings on corpses that dangled
That flows thanks to demons pretending they're angels
Who want nothing more than for truth to get tangled?
Oh say, don't they howl like a mad dog with rabies,
In support of a war that steals parents from babies,
Oh say, don't they parrot "My country, my flag"
No matter how many that country attacks?
And once they press buttons they never look back
Saying "Those aren't Americans dying: relax."
By the dawn's early light they will sell you your rights
But the price in return you will pay in the night
And the rocket's red glare is filling the air
And the killing machines all ask for your prayers
"War is upon us, you better prepare!"
they snarl like lions, content in their lair.
And no schoolroom or church or CNN broadcast
Could possibly capture the suffering in Baghdad
But war sure brings comfort to a select, heartless few
Who promise repeatedly that this includes you
Who say "Just breathe easy, war soon will be through
And then you can do what you normally do.
Why must you stand in the flow of the waters--
if Saddam's just a tyrant, then why even bother?
Well no, motherfucker, what I want is the end
Of this cycle of killing, then killing again
You reap all this carnage with the nerve to pretend
That it means peace and justice lurk `round the bend.
But a war against terror led by the U.S. of A.
Is like a war against racism led by the K.K.K.
And how dare you insist that you protect all our rights
While you round up immigrants whose skin isn't white
You must think that we'll all say that things are alright
As long as injustice is removed from our sight.
But the eyes of the people are as good as our ears
And our sense of injustice is greater than fear
You may hope that the movement accepts its defeat
But know that our spirits will never be beat
We will march on your campuses, sidewalks, and streets
'cause you can't stop a fire by increasing the heat.
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