she plays carefree on government-owned playgrounds
while men in black watch her every move


battered old swings had been blown to pieces
and her best friend's gun-shot body lay sprawled
among sewer water (easily lured-and forgotten-
with lollipops from china and teddy bears with listening devices)

dirtypolitics involve children and
war steals their hearts.

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