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The Un-War No Rosie the Riveter, pounding away. No protesters in Wavy Gravy t-shirts with bobbing white signs and bobbing afros catching the noon day's sun. No Paul Revere, shouting "The British are coming!" underscored with the kerlock-kerlock of his horse's hooves. No Lincoln, legs and top hat. No leaping draft card flames. No "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" No FDR, with his thick glinting glasses. No kids playing duck-and-cover under Formica desks giggling and afraid. (Well, maybe giggling and afraid but no duck and cover.) Just the bus stop and Albertson's Plaza and a Pop-Tart and someone says "You hear we're bombing them now?" No more Gen-X. No more flaglessness. Well, maybe some but certainly less. No live war coverage (Not yet) Just a grainy green screen within a screen with lights that are bombs that I hope are falling on terrorist camps or, I mean, I hope, terrorist camps only or something like that and firemen searching through rubble at what is now Ground Zero they say over and over. No twin towers, Like there were on the Andrea Bocelli concert they just showed on PBS. Somewhere a Rosie the Riveter pounds away at the rubble. someone says "Are you now or have you ever been a member of Al-Qaeda?" and protesters incense the air. But that's on The Media with their multiscreens and graphics and make-up. There are little things Here in real-time 3-D. My girlfriend's choir Singing a peace concert. Blood gifts pumping. Those tiny flags and ribbons And the front door flags. Bus stops and busses and websites Humming with discussion And those big floodlights Out by VAFB. But isn't war supposed to be In black and white? Or seventies color? Or in some browning, yellowing, graying photograph? Just saw a local newspaper From before the 11th. Had a cover story About an ostrich. But then today's Had a picture Of a blind guy skydiving For his birthday. It was right next to "America Pounds Afghanistan."
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