All things counter, original, spare and strange in Khujand, Tajikistan

The Burden

Blame falls on the white man’s shoulders

Light as a fur-trimmed mantle.

It means:

Billion-dollar readjustment plans

Counter-insurgents trained for the precise horror demanded

Supplies of blue helmets

And sandbags.

But most of all, prime-time TV coverage

Of corpses mostly, sometimes children, sometimes flies

Often all three.

Until attention shifts.

(give it 30 sec.)

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3 responses

  1. this is like the hyperlink as authorial intent poem.

    November 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    • Seth Morgan

      Hyperlinks are to the communication of my authorial intent what auto-tune is to Kanye’s singing.

      November 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

  2. Alex Miller

    Wow, the two of you are somehow actually too clever to leave me comfortable. Seth, what you have achieved here is a poem so media-steeped that it cannot escape being indicted by itself. It is also gloriously untransferable to print. I love it helplessly.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

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