in the mix of the mortar

There is more blood in the Pyramid at Cheops

          Than there is in the Great Wall of China.

There is more blood in the Great Wall of China

          Than there is in the Roman Coliseum.

There was lots of blood in the Roman Coliseum.

          There is more blood in the Roman Coliseum

Than there is the Panama Canal.

          There is more blood in the Panama Canal

Than there is the Hoover Dam.

          There is more blood in the Hoover Dam

Than there is in the Empire State Building.

          There is less blood in the Empire State Building

Than there was on September 11th.

          There was less blood on September 11th

Than there was in Afghanistan.

          There was less blood in Afghanistan

Than there’s been in Iraq.

          There’s been lots of blood in Iraq.

© 2008 henry toromoreno

3 thoughts on “in the mix of the mortar”

  1. I would describe this piece as a subtle scream. Its lines are built on bloodshed… and the blood runs throughout, so matter of factly, so plainly stated. This plain-spoken language speaks of how bloodshed is simply accepted rather than viewed as a tragedy.

    Great job with this one.

  2. Thank you for your feedback. More than anything else, I enjoy people’s interpretations … I also appreciate your insights because I enjoy reading your poetry and I think you know what you’re doing. I look forward to hearing from you again.

  3. I can almost see this as a conversation between two elementary school kids, trying to outdo each other, sing-songing about blood back and forth.

    Very interesting.

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