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Friday, May 07, 2010

Fighting Monsters. Becoming Monsters. [Today's News Poem, May 7, 2010]

Fighting Monsters. Becoming Monsters. [Today's News Poem, May 7, 2010]

He's cursed with the urge to avenge what's been stolen.
His generous ways were perverted by horror.
A phantom on edges of murders. He's swollen
With mucus. Denial's the game for explorers

On frontiers of progress. He carries syringes
For ambushes; stalking his quarry with kindness.
He whispers confession as life on the fringes
Is chucked in the dumpster, succumbing to blindness.

His code is of sorrow. He lives as a martyr;
Excising the pedophiles, tricking the tricksters—
The suitcase is filled with explosives to slaughter
The criminals: gangsters and business suit slicksters.

His code—if he has one—destroy the destroyers
Of innocence. Monsters adopt the survivors,
And care for the fry—for they share an employer:
The miserable cycle is history's driver.

“Huff, 42, was killed Monday while responding to a call about gunshots in a vacant home on the 20200 block of Schoenherr in Detroit. Four other officers were injured... Petersen said. "Even people who have no ties to the police, still, it's like they lost part of their fatherhood and protection..." Huff is survived by his wife, Melissa, and a 10-year-old son, Blair. ”
– ZLATI MEYER, Detroit Free Press, May 7, 2010

“When Faisal Shahzad took his oath of citizenship a year ago, swearing to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies,” he seemed the model of a legal immigrant success story. Moving from one coveted visa to the next over a decade, he had acquired an M.B.A., a decent job, a wife and two children and a fine suburban home.”
– Nina Bernstein, The New York Times, May 7, 2010

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