19 Oct 2015 – Strong Men 2

‘Ol Noriega, Marcos, Franco, Shah.
Such dirty friends, but we did deals with all!
Struck stupid by our dreamy-eyed demands
we now insist our “friends” have spotless hands.

Good luck with that! The saints don’t often trudge
with AK-47’s through the sludge
of blasted villages and fire-fights
while bearing golden arches franchise rights.

The pendulum swings on without concern:
“Romantic”, “Realist” – each one takes its turn.
Proud certainties propel the irksome show,
and proves both sides believe what neither knows.