Ipse Dixit

by Gerard Donnelly Smith

July 5, 2004   


He himself said, "he knew, he planned, he owned, he produced...",
resting on his word's authority alone: they acted, they invaded,
they tortured and they murdered.

He stood behind the racism of centuries {the apocraphyla}
while claiming to embrace and to understand the common
ancestral unity of his enemy's religion.

He himself boasted that hostilities had ended, the enemy vanquished,
but still held their citizens as enemy combatants: their MIAs,
or those they simply label: disappeared.

"In Terrorem Populi," he himself cried in outrage
each time a suicide bomber struck, or the insurgent
sent his .50 caliber message of resistance.

By his own words became that which he most hated,
that, by his own words, he wished destroyed:
eliminated entirely.

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Gerard Donnelly Smith, a poet and musician, teaches creative writing, literature and composition at Clark College in Vancouver WA. CERRO de la ESTRELLA (Logan Elm Press, 1992) was chosen for The Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio, 1992. Excerpts from THE AMERICAN CORPSE (10 poems) were published in Apex of the M in 1995. He is the current director of the Columbia Writers Series, an Honorary Board Member of The Mountain Writers Series, and co-advisor of the Native American Student Council at Clark College. He has also organized readings for Poets Against the War.

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