Hidden Hearts And Blood-Flecked Minds

A Poem by Richard Macintosh

April 14, 2003


Some were filled with dread to see the war begin

      And long to see it end.

Others longed to see the war begin

      And dread to see it end.

Which one are you?

      Don't lie, now that it is over -- if it is over.

Hidden Hearts and Blood-flecked minds

      Cannot hide behind mendacious words.

Scattered bodies and dismembered families

      Point accusing fingers from the gore-soaked sand.

And you shall not avoid them,

      Nor shall anyone who remained silent to murder.

Alas the Master awaits in the shadows of your soul,

      With an indictment writ within the vales of Persia. . .

      The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
      Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
      Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line
      Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. (1)

1. Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat, LXXI, Fitzgerald Translation.

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Richard Macintosh was a Public High School Teacher in California (1956-1989). Ed.D, Educational Leadership, BYU, 1996. MA, Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University, 1982. BA, history, Stanford University, 1956... Macintosh is currently a part-time consultant on Personnel/Team matters in Washington State.

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