Geoff Cochrane

What Sixty Minutes teaches

We're with an embedded camera crew
in a suburb of Baghdad.

I've wondered what they do, the Yanks,
when one of these bombs goes off,
and now I know: they storm the nearest house.

They storm the nearest house, encountering there
a skinny old woman on a walking-frame,
an old woman howling in terror and despair,
terror and despair.

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