War and History Poetry posted February 13, 2008

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An abcedarian

American Aggression

by AlvinTEthington

The war in Iraq
absurd battles
cause death everywhere;
false greedy "help" intimidates.
jaundiced kismet
lames minds normally open;
prejudice quickly reinvigorates.
soldiers trudge under vituperative warnings;
xenophobic yearlong zeitgeist.


An abcedarian is a twenty-six word poem with each word beginning with a successive letter of the alphabet (from "a" to "z.")

jaundiced--exhibiting or influenced by envy, distaste, or hostility


vituperative--containing or characterized by verbal abuse

xenophobic--unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

zeitgeist--the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era
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