I'm not usually given to writing poetry of political commentary. This piece has been written to coincide with my essay today on Baker'sTake. This poem doesn't necessarily take a stance on one side or the other.
Perhaps it should.
guilty fingers cast
(a reaction to Karzai)
guilty fingers cast skyward
begging for salvation
while stabbing the Afghan sky
in vulgar defiance.
the vanguard and vanquished
harvest fields of purple poppies,
the color of dried blood.
Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker
Finger photo from CNN/Muslimsagainstsharia.com, August, 2009.
Poppy photo ©Beth Kingsley Hawkins.