Title: Plaint

Author: Geoff Cochrane

In: Sport 29: Spring 2002

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 2002

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 29: Spring 2002


page 184


America itself
invents Osama.
America itself
beatifies bin Laden.

America puts on
a futuristic mantle
of bombers
and laser-guided bombs.

Percussive fires
are dumped
where nothing is.
Vacuums combust.

As deserts strobe
like nightclubs,
anthrax fingers
Dan Rather's office.

America constructs
miraculous machines,
smooth machines that glow
like moons of chrome …

which it then hunts down
and murders.