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BACH IN IRAQ

BACH IN IRAQ

I should have seen it coming

All the songs are machine guns now

It is not so far from rock, to rap

to rat-a-tat-tat

the beats getting harder and harder

and closer and closer together

Sitting at an Austin stop sign

cars filled with soldiers on each side

In a cross-fire of decibels, I think

“No one is playing Bach in Iraq”

as all three cars shudder and shake

I lift my hands in surrender

they keep firing

ON THE OTHER HAND

ON THE OTHER HAND

In Haifa
we visited a home
with original paintings by Chagall
(You know how he can always
make you feel like you can fly)
and a bomb shelter
under the stairs

Stopped at a wall by a bus stop
with one stone for each child
killed in the explosion

And looked down on the harbor
across the order and beauty
of the gardens of the Bahai

Looked out across the water
to Lebanon where the last
rockets flew