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(DV) Mickey Z: Stillborn







(a poem of occupation) 
by Mickey Z.
December 12, 2005

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in the backstreets of Mosul 
(or maybe Falluja) 
it happens like a 
meteor streaking across the 
pre-dawn horizon 

An Iraqi girl or (as she’d rather be called) teen 
standing before a window 
conjures a new thought 
Something never before conceptualized 
The sort of notion that, if nurtured and respected, 
might alter the course of human history 

Before she can savor more than three 
seconds of epiphany...before her eyes can even display 
the joy of revelation, 
she is mistaken for an “insurgent” 
(or was it “terrorist”?) 

Sun begins to rise 
Rays of light shoot through 
bullet holes in her tattered window shade 
The girl takes her last breath 
as yet another day begins 

Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at: This essay is excerpted in part from his new book, 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism (Disinformation Books).

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