Operation New Dawn

          —December 15, 2011


It began with a bang,
the first of many—the seismic cough

of a bunker-buster
in Baghdad. Yes,

the woman near Haifa Street said,
I was in shock; I was in awe.

Later: Babylon for sale
on eBay.


That man in As-Sadiyah said
after Uday took

his sister, fucked her
for a long weekend,

she went home,
bathed in gasoline

in the family courtyard
and burned

on a spring afternoon.
He said Thank you,


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