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"the chick was in the way"

by Tom Louie Friday, Apr. 04, 2003 at 8:50 AM

a poem

Dedicated to Sgt. Eric Schrumpf, sharpshooter with the 5th Marine Regiment, quoted in the New York Times (3/29/2003) after killing a civilian.


barnyard fuss

time to behead



will soon be dead

(contemptuously kicks

the protesting chicks) --

"the chick was in the way"

horse screams

in Spanish town

black and white anguish

the viewer surrounds

Earth turned to Hell

cries without sound

A Work of Art

(the pilots order a round)

no chivalry, no dogfights here

something new, killing on the ground

but draped on the day

the Secretary says --

"the chick was in the way"

Dresden, Hiroshima, My Lai --

for the sake of the guilty, innocents die.

We had to do it, they say. Why

don't they rise up and throw off the yoke

of the oppressors we fight? (What a joke --

if they could do that, we could stop this war.)

equally powerless, complacent whores

explain, justify, rationalize

turn the accusing finger aside

the future beckons

makes the powerful sweat


"the chick was in the way"

Terror Strikes! A building falls --

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu

atheist, secular, I-like-to-sleep-in

white, black, from all nations and races

liberal, conservative, capitalist pig

min-wage worker, fireman, priest

good, bad, guilty as sin

all united now, unwillingly

blurred by a commander

who accepts a certain human cost

to topple an enemy

most of them didn't vote for

and many of them were against.

Yet some still can't explain why

if 9/11 was wrong, why was Nagasaki right?

"the chick was in the way"

A National Network throws a fit

country fans don't take no shit

boycott, censor, throw off the air

we must be united with Bush and Blair

Pole to Pole, millions say no

traitors all to our common goal

the Few, the Powerful

insist you play your role --

"the Chick was in the way"

Mean Streets USA

wrong place, wrong time

children lie dead

for this, someone will die

Who'd volunteer

to pull the switch?

If it were a Troop

would that still be your wish?

what kind of a thug

would boast of his crime --

"the chick was in the way"

a family dies

no warning shots

a mother sees

her daughters' heads come off

missing foot

shredded skull

blood money, body bags

to make them whole

their country, their fault

we must achieve our goal

Guaranteed Victory

we've been sold --

"the chick was in the way"

The suffering of others, is it real?

If it were your family, how would you feel?

Your home, your country?

What could you bear?

How would we see

the armed men from over there?

To us, killers; to others, troops.

Right and wrong,

like language,

are loose --

"the chick was in the way"

Martians land --

or a world-power-to-be

kicks our ass in the year 2103.

Demolish this planet, by ire or nukes

Or to build a brand-new hyperspace bypass loop.

The chick

was in the way.

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