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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Independence Charade [Today's News Poem, July 4, 2010]

Independence Charade [Today's News Poem, July 4, 2010]

The horses go wild and deliver the blow
To finish confusion and punish the crowd
That waves at paraders—each other—and show
Their teeth of false friendship. They're predators. Proud
Of sparks in the sky; of their orderly herds
That march to a music that frightens the beasts.
The people go wild to a place where all words
Are meaningless noise; with the people released
From civil displays as they watch the parade:
And trampled and trampling, they end the charade.

“An Independence Day parade in Iowa descended into chaos when when two horses went out of control and took their wagon with them, running into crowds of celebrants and leaving more than 20 people injured, according to authorities.”
– CNN Wire Staff, CNN, July 4, 2010 6:04 p.m. EDT

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