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Sunday, August 10, 2008

exit

"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.

17 Comments:

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)
john

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,
Angelika

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

topci

oh, oh...

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


topic

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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