The 2000th Death

POETRY FORMAT, 10 Nov 2014

Tom Greening – TRANSCEND Media Service

(Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander, Jr., 34, of Killeen, Texas, died Saturday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds suffered Oct. 17, when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in the central Iraqi city of Samarra. The spokesman for the American-led multinational force called on news organizations not to look at the 2,000th death as a milestone in the conflict. Lt. Col. Steve Boylan described 2,000 figure as an “artificial mark on the wall.”)

Although George died as victim of a bomb
let’s greet his death with patriots’ aplomb.
There’s nothing in his death that’s grim or stark,
for he is just an artificial mark
on some abstract imaginary wall,
a boring, dry statistic after all.
And this is something everyone should know:
GIs like George, they bravely come and go.
No endpoint this; there will be more to come.
The count goes on and leaves us merely numb.

Tom Greening: “I engage in five professional activities:
Faculty Member at Saybrook University
Private Practice of Psychotherapy
Clinical Professor of Psychology, UCLA
International Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Writing (Poetry).”


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