Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Destroyed Temple, A Poem

The house at the end of the road,
the giant multiple-walled house

at the end of the road without
a telephone, or internet,

without a satellite dish,
without rubbish—the residents

burned what they consumed—
certainly smoke can be traced,

and the courier’s story leaked
out of somebody else’s mouth

held incommunicado
in an East-European dungeon,

on leased land in the island
of Cuba, but that is another story,

the war found its target, today,
in helicopter to hand combat,

four aircraft once again, this time
choppers, and special forces—

not from Afghan camps
into Florida flight schools--but

Navy Seals, and the target
legitimate, not three thousand

ordinary civilians living
their American lives

until robbed by death,
rules for the rest of us

alive modified, and now
another death, tying

of the circle, a full spin
around the planet, what

Peru’s president said
was John Paul’s first miracle,

coincidence, his beatification
and death in combat

of Osama Bin Laden,
a bullet in the temple

of Evil, no longer
a Mastermind.

Indran Amirthanayagam, May 2, 2011 c)2011. Reprinting only with author's permission.


Tawnysha Greene said...

This is lovely :)

Indran Amirthanayagam said...

Thanks Tawnysha. I will look up the magazine you edit Grist? Can perhaps send some work. cheers. Indran