REMNANTS of a TERRORIST
See him laid out on a slab:
Todays media bonus for an Afghan realm
Holding together in its flimsy bonds of international support.
Around his body, shown in evidence
That we CAN win small victories against an ephemeral foe;
Gather reporters from the international media.
The mans identity seems proven by his incompleteness,
By the truncated stump of his left leg,
His eyes still staring sightless at his sky.
And how they huddle, the cameras hover in repeated flash !
To send the world, by village word-of-mouth and CNN, one death
Of this Al Qaeda leader; one small credit to the ledger of this war.
So Mullah Dadullah ends his days as just a photo-opportunity,
By each Canon, each Pentax, each Nikon, by each frozen image
To reassure the world: we can prevail ?
In scrambling down the hills of Helmond province, in this war
He wilfully chose to execute, against all kinds of shapeless enemy,
Invoking his god at the end celebrating death: Allahu Akbar.
I expect his sons or daughters may well mourn one death;
Despite the path he took , hopping on one leg, away from home,
Shod in his single Reebok.
© Geoff Bolton