"We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here." -- sardonic slogan sung by the Doughboys in the trenches of WWI.

Hidden Fingers

“Drawdown,” not withdrawal
“Leaving” just to stay
Keeping on to keep on
That’s the US way.

Reasons not required
Rationales will do
Any sort and every
More that starts with “few”

Proles will wrinkle foreheads
Still they comprehend
That the endless bullshit
Means that this won’t end

Troops not home by Christmas
Trump shot off his mouth
Biden can’t distinguish
North from East from South

Presidents not needed
Others will decide
Generals and bankers
Everything to hide

Learned it back in grade school:
“Figures do not lie,
But liars often figure”
Ways to make more die

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright 2020