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JUNE  2015
 


Wars of the World’s Weekends
 




Kids don’t need a few beers to relive a world war.
Rug room and snack platter pave the way to blood
splatter and armor piercing bullets. The visual is
far from the soldier’s diary of grit and grimace, a
first hand look indelibly kept on Red Cross paper.

The video sound is a scratchy imitation of chaos
recollected in tranquil futility. Tank tracks will not
destroy the roadways, your driveway is safe.
The bombed-out reality of whom and where you are
ends at the edge of the rug, crumbs the only tale.

Wars of the world’s weekends have nothing to win.
Do you fight for a cold, north-country ghetto, a
swampy delta, boat landing, or maybe a brownstone
borough? They say you can only fight for each other.
Victory has many mansions, some too empty to bear.

There should be a game called aftermath, a how-2
concerning a life of walking around in the ruble,
finding shelter, food and friends you can trust. Now
that the regime has fallen, do things get better or do the
same shady comrades simply change their armbands?

Battles fought in GAME-OVER logic have no buddies
to reminisce, breath stopping moments to regret or
surrender to overcome by relearning a former life with
all its not-so-simple solutions. How do you go home?
Who will be there? Survival is a button with extras.


 



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