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The Daily Poetry Movement

Ahh, PDX, do you know how much I miss your spring tulips? What a good spring nest is Portland. May all of you greet each other with flowers, smiles, bare bike legs, vegan chocolates. May you toast each others health, spend days watching forest park change, may your eyes look far off into the sky kind of squinting as if to see me coming back again to hug you.
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I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.
Dan Quayle
Or Consequences
By STEW ALBERT
Where seldom is heard
a discouraging word
Dubya lives in a bubble
of applause
and a crescendo
of Yes.
Protesters
can't get
close enough
for Bush
to see their signs
and
he leaves a UN meeting
avoiding the sound
of No.
It's much more fun speaking at military colleges
or on giant battleships,
inspiring a new line
of action figures
and
being photogenic.
Dubya's ratings
falling to an all time low.
Even his favorite puppets
have run out
of smiles.
Truth accumulating
in public places
momentum for honesty
building.
The Secret Service can do so much
screening.
One day
even this President
will stand naked.
Stew Albert runs the Yippie Reading Room. His memoir, Who the Hell is Stew Albert?, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. He can be reached at:  stewa@aol.com
Unsafety in Numbers
By HAMMOND GUTHRIE
$100 million to construct Iraqi homes
$99 million to modernize Iraqi prisons
$9 million to create Iraqi ZIP codes
$1 million to build Saddam Hussein's atrocity museum

Meanwhile....

Homeowners migrate toward homelessness,
antiquated prisons fill beyond capacity,
museums exhibit elitist atrocities,
ZIP codes over-extending across the board
as US citizens struggle with the shock and awe
of red ink offering them less than nothing
Just what exactly is the cost of freedom?
Hammond Guthrie is the author of AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor. He is the editor of the great online journal The 3rd Page. He can be reached at:  writenow@spiritone.com
2003--Hammond Guthrie

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