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When Obama was pressing wars, I wrote a poem condemning him. Now that he refuses to press a war against an amorphous ideology rooted in religion, poverty, and forged memories, I congratulate him. The following poem is from those previous days; today, he may deserve another look.

HE WAS AN HONEST MAN

He was an honest man
having a complex life
a ticking metronome of polarities
vied for his fidelity, tried his mettle

He became an evil man
with honest eyes, who lied
in wait in full disguise
and used the dream to buy the Medal

His is not noble work;
muffled drum, the last tattoo
Afghan improvisations harvest
boxed, flag-draped lives

His renditions, flush red with tortures
(send him to Egypt, he won’t mummy up!)
he is an indomitable vendor
of war adventures for peace’s sake.

He was an evil man in charming disguise
with eyes so honest he bamboozled the prize;
he led us from the desert of heroes’ pyres
and put us in cue at the graveyard of empires

He was an honest man
having a complex life
a ticking metronome of polarities
vied for his fidelity. War won.
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12/04/2015. I have not a plan for the seventy year old man waiting just beyond the weekend to begin whatever I may then intend. I did not plan to be an old man but to die some time before yet it was never more than metaphor. a backward prayer a muffled echo gone lost in ego ...
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I do not belong nor long for the erudite comradeship found in the lofts of confederacy poets; the souls of sacrificial trees coming back to rage in natural and unnatural ways against the waste of their stock and kin; ghostly pale mirrors clutter too dusty aisles empty libraries; scholars never ...
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Almost all true...
FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. long beach zombies May 1, 2015; the beaded nib March 25, 2015; nobody says February 28, 2015; February Goodbye February 28, 2015; The General February 21, 2015. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry.
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“Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.” — Unknown Author
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I've been entertained by the coincidences of their names. Although he had left the Nation of Islam, he retained a name crucial to its cosmology: Shabazz which is a contraction of Shah (King) and Baz (Eagle); not an uncommon name in the subcontinent.
FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. nobody says February 28, 2015; February Goodbye February 28, 2015; The General February 21, 2015; Ann February 12, 2015; The Old Maid Ms Tribade January 20, 2015. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry.
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Not an original metaphor but an appropriate one.
FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. The General February 21, 2015; Ann February 12, 2015; The Old Maid Ms Tribade January 20, 2015; ALIEN NATION December 18, 2014; Frugal Passions November 15, 2014. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry.
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I do not belong nor long for the erudite comradeship found in the lofts of confederacy poets; the souls of sacrificial trees coming back to rage in natural and unnatural ways against the waste of their stock and kin; ghostly pale mirrors clutter too dusty aisles empty libraries; scholars never ...
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FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. god was a poet August 13, 2015; long beach zombies May 1, 2015; the beaded nib March 25, 2015; nobody says February 28, 2015; February Goodbye February 28, 2015. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry.
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My latest. And it's free; unless, of course, you want to let me know how you feel about it!
FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. the beaded nib March 25, 2015; nobody says February 28, 2015; February Goodbye February 28, 2015; The General February 21, 2015; Ann February 12, 2015. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry. Features great haikus.
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FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. February Goodbye February 28, 2015; The General February 21, 2015; Ann February 12, 2015; The Old Maid Ms Tribade January 20, 2015; ALIEN NATION December 18, 2014. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry.
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This is dedicated to Ann Marcaido, a lover of science and an angel of the arts
FIVE MOST RECENT POSTS. Ann February 12, 2015; The Old Maid Ms Tribade January 20, 2015; ALIEN NATION December 18, 2014; Frugal Passions November 15, 2014; Morning Showers November 5, 2014. Blogroll. Attiscusworks by Dan Collins Excellent poetry. Cordial in the Cup Outstanding poetry.
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Education
  • University of Michigan
    Near Eastern Studies, 1972 - 1974
  • Temple University
    Islamic Studies, 1977 - 1978
  • Michigan State University
    TV & Radio, 1964 - 1966
  • Wayne State University
    Urban Sociology, 1970 - 1972
  • Detroit Central High School
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