Easter War Haikus

On this Spring Holiday I’ve been thinking about the “rebirth” metaphor of the season in terms of Lybia and the rebirth of colonialism. The “people” we are “defending” are unknown & the 1 thing you can say against them is that the West of a checkered past is so violently supporting them. (Where’s the support in Yemen and Bahrain?)

1a. Military gains/
Aren’t moral or social wins/
But Ethical #Fail/
#haiku

2. There are active wars/
‘Cause there’s active unfairness/
(Both make evil rich)/
#haiku

3. Wars are inflicted/
On the poor (catching SOME rich)/
Whom you’ll hear about/
#haiku

4. War’s an investment/
In an under-performing/
Market for the rich/
#haiku

4a. War’s an investment:/
Under-performing market/
For the hedge-fund-rich/
#haiku

5. War is “avarice/
Made flesh” like Jesus, with guns/
Sold by the wealthy/
#haiku

6. “Avarice made flesh”/
In the carnage of faithful/
Devotees of G_d/
#haiku

7. Cold War’s Easter was/
September Eleventh, when/
Fear was embodied/
#haiku

8. The Devil reborn/
Was the gun-merchants’ $avior/
In towers’ collapse/
#haiku

9. No humans profit/
From these racist invasions/
Except gun-merchants*/
#haiku
*their humanity’s being “fact-checked”

10. So Islam replaced/
Communism as reason/
To purchase weapons/
#haiku

11. So “Happy Easter”/
The Son of Imperial/
God of Rome* Reborn/
#haiku
*Constantinian, evangelical, hierarchical, conquestorial Christianity

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5 responses to “Easter War Haikus

  1. I like haiku. I like all 3 line literary forms and I also like the concept of haiku about wars. don’t think this has been done before. nice work — and your thoughts on Libya are telling: you’re right — we don’t knpow much about the rebels

  2. Thank you John.
    About to get spiritual
    in my facile way
    look for the haikus

  3. CHOCOLATE

  4. YOU’RE POEM HAS EIGHT SYLLABELS IN THE SECOND LINE

    ITS SUPPOSED TO HAVE SEVEN

  5. TOSHI
    TOSHI
    TOSHI
    TOSHI
    TOSHI

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