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FOUR BY FOUR SEASONS FOR WAR By Bedros Afeyan Fractions of a life ring out Fractured morsels of tempting hearts Effaced apogees, elastic, nomadic chords, Crinoline forests of fine lights caress Fixed figurines brooding in the sky Helicopter blades heaving, tails raised Provincial police alerts garble on Prisoners grinding hope with lacrima, Lucy in the Sky carved lacerated labia. Music menaced memories on a garrulous journey Rapacious service, fragile in industry Masses sing for mercy, unrehearsed To evoke a bursting flow of triumph total Global, grotesque, orgiastic as Carnaval. Oh, come let us vote in the next scoundrel The best liar standing sans culotte, sans sousis, Sold to the corner office, name tagged parking spot Spot on leaders of this dream-land, amere by proxy Banal drone like cusps of overheated drivel In 24 hour news casts setting dreams to sleep Dreamers to debt or doubt, avarice advancing, Celebrating abdicated faith in its tail lights. Four by four seasons of treason, polled and electioned Transgressed fictions stuffed in the eye of the office holder Leaves to debris to oil to snow and wind whirling With the exposed sun burning spinners, pundits Punks in suits with patriotic colored lapel pins A pantomime parade leaping into a confettied sea. God in the womb! Jesus in the bedroom! In Army barracks, navy cots, reservists With their stem cells held hostage Left for the rats at Walter Reed Wrapped in the constitution Sold as confection to fired federal prosecutors For not saluting the all embracing leader-mother-ship Neo con job and pedigree as deep as A veil of Yale Diploma Cs Stuffed in our anthems as we sleep. Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, CA 3-17 & 3-18, 2007 -- Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in the Bay area with his wife, Marine. He writes in Armenian and in English and also paints and sculpts. Samples of his work can be found on the web by clicking on his personal web pages at: http://188.8.131.52/