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Friday, April 1, 2022

A Veteran Is Surprised by Militarization

We came down from the Chiricahua Mountains,

Went flat closer to the border, hiked rocky

Hillsides off-road, spotted a five-striped sparrow,

So fine, yet overshadowed by the rotor noise

Of the sporadic helicopter overhead. Our guide

Said to clasp up our binoculars, permit them know

We were only birdwatchers, with every one other accompanied by we complied,

Having by that hour dated passed trucks stopped inside the desert,

Unloading ATVs that armed with every one other accompanied by armored men

Rode off. Earlier, I’d asked concerning the tethered

Gray dirigibles inside the or else cloudless sky,

Was told they were platforms for surveillance.

Overseas for decades, a a large amount of of it inside conflict

Areas, I’d never seen such heavy arms, such war

Materiel inside my country, not external outside military

Bases. The border sol was bright, our pace

Slow, nevertheless still, I had to near my eyes, breath

Caught accompanied by twinges of terror with every one other accompanied by vertigo, darkness

In waves exist fond of a mirage, waves of sparrows fallen

By vertiginous plunge or slow slump, inside the desert,

Unseen by some person, me among them.

#Living #Disappointment & Failure #Activities #Sports & Outdoor Activities #Social Commentaries #History & Politics #War & Conflict

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