To a War Hero

No, I’m sorry
when you’re 9,000 miles from home
and are dropping bombs
from a multi-million dollar airplane

On people
who live in thatched huts
and goatskin tents
and mudbrick compounds

You are not a hero
you are a war criminal
and have no business running
for president or for dogcatcher

You belong in shackles
before a tribunal of law
and should be turned over for justice
to the survivors of your actions.

Jon Taylor lives in Nashville, TN. He can be reached at Read other articles by Jon.