Scott Owens

Nightmare Haiku

without a cold war
those who feed on fear learn which
buttons they can push

giving in to fear
we all become weapons
of mass destruction

what hasn't been justified
by necessity

policy insures
an unfettered flow of dead
dismembered, displaced

instead of dollars
and cents when the gas pump rolls
faces of the dead

come to liberate
mission accomplished we leave
many thousand gone

ten years past
still such dependence
on vengeance

dangerous to say
America is just

Recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Scott Owens is the author of 8 collections of poetry and over 900 published poems in journals including Georgia Review, North American Review, Chattahoochee Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Poetry East among others. He is the founder of Poetry Hickory, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234, and vice president of the Poetry Council of NC. He teaches at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC .

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