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MarPoWriMo 3

Of course it was 
nineteen years ago
that the folly of war
was so obvious
on this auspicious date
of three threes
I organized a reading
which I discovered
on the nascent internet
going on all across
the country at least
of Lysistrata as a way
to protest what by
that point was inevitable
that shock and awe
in the face of scant
evidence for weapons
of mass distraction
could not be stopped
even biological imperatives
too slim a temptation
for seeing what untapped
power unleashed could do
of course it was nineteen
years later some idiot
full of sound and fury
thinks ineffectual weapons
directed at nuclear facilities
might accomplish something
then as now no one
but the readers showed up
to the reading it was
heard nonetheless

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher