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The Big Parade

I was there… yes I was.., for I was told…
To be there…with the masses …
In the big parade;
Many goats… many sheep…I once was…
among the heap…

Massed colors, marching soldiers…
And soldieress…or perhaps two …
Just for the master’s… private view…
And the band… the same old band…
The same old song…the usual tune…
That was sung…many times before …
For others… before him…
We had to endure…

Have you seen the great man…?
The big man…not the captain, nor the major;
It’s the big man… that you must see…
Noting like him, past, and present…
I see a glorified pheasant…
in a peacock’s feathers…
No matter what, where and how…
The old goat…Is, still a peasant…

There are about him many songs…
From countless frogs…and boring hogs…
Many chants…from weasels, maggots…
and desert rats…and even graveyard bats…
Many a victory… but no battles, to be won…
Life’s a joke,… or is it fun…

Watch the throng… and don’t forget…
To look up high…with a laugh and cry…
You’ll see him there…
I see a parrot, with brilliant colors…
And the medals… oh…those medals…
From everywhere…but, who’s counting…
We don’t care…
You can get them …in just one day…
I heard them say…on… eBay…

And all the sheep and the goats too…
They’ll change their costumes…
He’ll cast his shadow…on them all..
He makes soldiers, just by his presence…
More peacocks, parrots and pheasants…
From the dunes…of million peasants…

You’ll see him soon…unmeasured…
Unmerited, unhinged, but still… magnified…
Ten times over…for us to see…his magnificence…
High above…the highest hill…

Stand beside me…clasp my hand…don’t let go…
Look into my eyes… misty eyes…feeling sad….
He is there…only a haze…a morbid cloud…
In the mirror of my mind…
Just as the others before him…
In life’s bewildering maze…

Tears of sorrow…and a solemn prayer…
for the dignity of the braves…
The honor of those… left behind…
And the once who’s still… standing…
In helpless silence…dancing to the drum beat
Among the flocks…of innocent sheep …
In the big parade… of absurdity

Abdulhamid
hameda@comcast.net


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