Michelle Cahill

A swathe of poppies, memorial to Darafshan,
a father's odium for the rogue soldier.
In dust-winged chaos, machine-guns strafed at
zero-hour, NATO games unplugged.
Those privates targeted by the Q&A talkback
(Was the insider Taliban or insurgent?)
Does the sapper trust his foe? The never artless
pernicious dare, a catchphrase retweeted,
the taskforce debriefed at Camp Coalition.

Official permits are redacted. I picture their last
gaze drifting into outback ley lines
from black mesas, stony winter lakes, desert frost.

Wind wraps each homicide in Koranic ash. Why not
embargo Sharia law from the civilising canon?
Homesick for a country of neo-fascists & anti-Muslim
provocations, in a country of empty schools,
water shortages and zero literacy, we do unto Others
because two hundred years of amnesia is
our excuse for genocide, because apostasy is our rule.


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