On Wednesday evening President Obama ordered the rapid withdrawal of the 33,000 “surge” troops he sent to Afghanistan two years ago. Very good ✔
But Mr President, we still have 70,000 soldiers back there – that’s almost double the number President Bush placed there. Very bad ✖
To quote USAction: You can’t 1/3 end a war. The time to end the Afghanistan war is NOW, not in 2014.
The longest war in American history seems to be going on indefinitely… I repeat what I said on Memorial day: It’s time to bring every single soldier home Mr President, and Sir, I hope you read this poem by David Hernandez:
A guy and his donkey. By Guilhem Vellut, from Paris (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
by David Hernandez
The donkey. The donkey pulling the cart.
The caravan of dust. The cart made of plywood,
of crossbeam and junkyard tires. The donkey
made of donkey. The long face. The long ears.
The curled lashes. The obsidian eyes blinking
in the dust. The cart rolling, cracking the knuckles
of pebbles. The dust. The blanket over the cart.
The hidden mortar shells. The veins of wires.
The remote device. The red light. The donkey
trotting. The blue sky. The rolling cart. The dust
smudging the blue sky. The silent bell of the sun.
The Humvee. The soldiers. The dust-colored
uniforms. The boy from Montgomery, the boy
from Little Falls. The donkey cart approaching.
The dust. The laughter on their lips. The dust
on their lips. The moment before the moment.
The shockwave. The dust. The dust. The dust.
– from David Hernandez’s third collection of poetry, Hoodwinked, (to be published in August 2011 by Sarabande Books), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize
The Academy of American Poets describes the book thus:
In poems that range from the backyard to Iraq and back again, Hernandez disturbs the surface of contemporary life to reveal barely submerged worlds that, impossible to fathom, make fools of us all.
David Hernandez who teaches at the University of California, Irvine, is the recipient of a 2011 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry.
His other collections include Always Danger (SIU Press, 2006), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press, 2003).
Click the link for a schedule of his readings around S. California from August through October.