San Diego: At the Intersection of Militarism and Patriarchal Gender

POETRY FORMAT, 12 Sep 2022

William T. Hathaway – TRANSCEND Media Service

In the pool
a girl,
slim and new-breasted, treads water,
watching the high-diving boys.

On the springboard
a lad,
skinny and shivering, wavers at the edge.

Above them
a Strike Eagle,
sleek and silver, plunges down,
trailing a snarl through the blue.

The boy salutes the dive bomber,
dances up his courage, and cannonballs.

The water explodes,
its flames engulfing a village.

The girl strokes towards the boy.

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William T. Hathaway is a Special Forces combat veteran and an emeritus Fulbright professor of American Studies in Germany. His book Radical Peace: People Refusing War presents the experiences of war resisters, deserters, and peace activists who are working to change U.S. ‘warrior’ culture. His novel Lila, the Revolutionary is a fable for adults about an eight-year-old girl who sparks a world revolution for social justice. Hathaway’s novel of the climate change, Wellsprings: A Fable of Consciousness, tells of an old woman and a young man healing nature through techniques of higher consciousness. Chapters are posted HERE. His peace novel, Summer Snow, is the story of an American soldier falling in love with a Sufi Muslim and learning from her that higher consciousness is more effective than violence. Chapters are posted HERE.


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