US Sailors on Furlough

1 December 2009

Here salute the roaming stars and stripes,
here we admit we, too, are implicated
(so galling) in this?
She'll be right types
may have no doubts which need be placated,
but we must feel there is something amiss
with the history & circumstance bit;
which, of itself, cannot explain this.
Our abject fawning, we mean. It
is a given.
We, of course, deplore
lapses―but theirs, when you come to it,
are those of gods! A shared past, en rapport…
That seems only partly adequate
the longer we ruminate. That contrary
our claims won't matter one shit more%0

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