eve of my birthday|
December 16, 1998
air strikes on Baghdad begin tv screen lit up with shots of sky above our world's oldest city Saddam's dark radio voice urges defiance defiance hours later I decorate the tree as Pavarotti's concert comes on Liberian children chant "we don't want no more war" Stevie Wonder and Luciano sing "peace wanted just to be free" and I have to sit down fifty two years ago my mother is in labor and in a few hours from now I am born fighter pilot father first wave baby boomer after the bombs why are we still doing this the children chant Stevie and Luciano sing my tears
© December 17 1998, Leslye Layne Russell
This poem was published in
Blue Moon Quarterly, February 2000,
and in Poets 4 Peace, 1999.