Two Poems by Sabina C. Becker


Djinn Rummy Over Baghdad


"The images you are seeing on television, you are seeing over and over and over...It's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase and you see it twenty times. And you think, my goodness, were there that many vases?"
--Donald Rumsfeld, on the looting of the National Museum of Iraq

Who let him out of the bottle? His scowl
is hard and pinched, as from too much sun.
Plus life inside a hookah bowl
has a way of doing that to one.

Unloosed, he's loud and voluble
and waves his hands like an almighty dork.
The spells he weaves are mayhem-full
and rife with looting. Quick, the cork!



The War on Terror can bite my ass.
No, this is not an invitation--
though this, I'm sure, will come to pass:
the War on Terror, biting my ass.
It's come to such a pretty pass
in Iraq, though lacking provocation.
The War on Terror can bite my ass.
No, this is not an invitation!

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Sabina Becker is a poet and a writer who lives in Cobourg, Ontario with her computer, her books and her cats. In addition to her regular contributions to Swans, you can see more of her work at http://www.sabinabecker.com.

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Published May 12, 2003
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