In Another Meantime (1995)
by Ron Hayes

    -to Slobodan, with thanks to Lucille Clifton


    Listen when I tell you:

    The Lord God of hosts
    weeps as your children,
    the children of Bosnia,
    die as you dine without hunger
    in the placid detachment of Dayton.

    ___Destroyer of worlds, you have become

    the death of the nameless, the faceless
    skeletons buried in rags under mounds
    of earth. Mountains of denial
    issued while you dared smile
    a diplomat's smile.

    ___In the meantime,

    the Lord of loaves and fishes
    will not accept,
    will not transubstantiate
    the blood of his children into the wine
    with which you celebrate victory.






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