Vol. 12, No. 2,856W - The American Reporter - March 18, 2006

by Mark Scheinbaum
American Reporter Correspondent
February 12, 2003

BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 12, 2003 -- It all started with First Lady Laura Bush inviting a poet to the White House for a literary symposium in celebration of the life and times of Emily Dickinson.

The poet not only declined the invitation, but thought it would be an excellent, if not courteous, way to announce that he could never support an event hosted by a career librarian married to a President who is a warmonger in the poet's eyes. By emailing his decision to 15 award-winning poet buddies, he thus triggered a wave of protest by 5,500 American poets - some published, most not - who turned the event into a major statement against a threatened war with Iraq.

Mrs. Bush then postponed the event to a time in the future with players to be named later. Some of the protesters hauled out their old Vietnam-era tomes. Others penned new verses, versus Bush and Cheney and vice-versa. To my knowledge there was not a single counter-protest in support of, say, poet-dramatist Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic. Havel, a socialist to be sure, feels civilization must rally behind the unusual and unpalatable stand of taking out Saddam before he causes any more mischief.

Not a popular stance in Europe these days.

So, business and finance will have to wait, while I think back to Miss Stecklow's fourth grade class at Public School 233 in Brooklyn, and what she tried to teach us about poetry.

Here goes:

by Mark Scheinbaum

O ye bearded Bards of Bard, Berkeley and Brandeis,
Thank you for the worldy conscience
To shun the pomp and fun of cocktail comrades.

Thank you for warning, ranting, raving, waving
hands of distress against "unprovoked war"
which threaten "innocent" civil lives.

Albeit lives dragged as human shields in fear,
By those who gas and blast their people
in not-too-distant history past.

Do not forget a pithy haiku or dreamy sonnet
Of the Mom I viewed in Tuzla bonnet
Whose Moslem kids played 'neath Green Berets.

And please condemn bold women and men
Who rolled through Leogane or Cap-Haitien
Unattacked at home, but giving hope a chance.

Tar and feather King Bush the First of Old,
Whose vicious Christian Christmas mind
Could stand no more Somalia torture fields

And self-same acts of war in vintage Clinton mode,
Perhaps more palatable, for sure, as you behold
American fighting men, denuded, eviscerated, and


Lift thy voice in protest bold and crimson cold,

Lest one forget that forgotten "unprovoked" wars

Swapped lives of Joplin, Erie, Flint for those

Whose weakened faces black, or skeletons Moslem

Fleeing Serb or warlord or famine profiteers,

Never attacked Green Bay, Ann Arbor or Pearl Harbor.

AR Correspondent Mark Scheinbaum, chief investment strategist for Kaplan & Co. www.kaplansecurities.com, is our regular business columnist.

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