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Sunday, August 10, 2008


"We . . . have to work . . . sort of the dark side"
(Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States, speaking on Meet the Press, September 16, 2001, five days after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon)

exit strategy—
finding a way back
from the dark side
The Dark Side is also the title of an enthralling and appalling new book by Jane Mayer.


Blogger scatterhaiku said...

year 2008
turn away from the dark side? -
or remain on course?

7:46 AM  
Blogger polona said...

i wish... but as long as fanaticism and greed rule the world...

11:06 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Nothing more to add. Sometimes I think that the wolves are more friendly than the human race?

12:25 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

welcome back bill (in good form)

3:10 PM  
Blogger Magyar said...

The Dark-side... always fodder for the "Contrary" thinkers; I remain a "Contrary." Very well posed, John. _m

5:11 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, all.

7:07 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I'm with John. )
Hope all is well with you.

10:13 PM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

You found poetic words for a difficult topci, Bill!

And Tikkis is so right...(about the wolves, the human race).

best wishes,

12:56 PM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...


oh, oh...

and it`s not late...and I drank only coffee...


12:58 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

topci works for me Angelika ! ... welcome back Bill ... hope you and yours had a wonderful time ...

your 'exit' poem has the structure of a haibun (an haibun ? heh) ...

exit strategy
finding your way back
from the dark side

as a standalone poem ... i get depression ... you do have a way with words ...

always enjoy your work >>> Gina

8:53 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for those good wishes, andrew.

Coffee is sometimes all it takes, Angelika.

This one is rather topical, Gina, but I think that's allowable within the senryu tradition. I don't want to be "overagendaed," as jem puts it in her comment on "accent.".

Your comments are appreciated

2:39 PM  
Anonymous YogaforCynics said...

Hmmm...kind of backs up Jon Stewart's Cheney/Darth Vader connection....

11:53 PM  
OpenID quotesqueen said...

If only we could recognize the dark side in all of us...
Great work here, Bill.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, yoga. I think Stewart had that September 2001 quote in mind.

And thank you, lyn.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I'm looking forward to Mayer's book. Like how you used the term here,t oo.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, patry. My advice is, don't read Mayer just before bedtime; you won't sleep all night.

2:48 PM  
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