America’s Third Coming

100724-N-5684M-823 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii. RIMPAC, the worldÕs largest multinational maritime exercise is a biennial event which allows participating nations to work together to build trust and enhance partnerships needed to improve maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

America’s Third Coming
after “The Second Coming,” by W.B. Yeats

Dredging and dredging in the widening harbor;
Pilot whales are deafened by navy sonar;
Reefs fall apart; our island cannot hold;
Invasive species unleashed upon the shore,
The sewers flood Marine Corps Drive, and everywhere
The day of liberation is crowned;
The politicians lack conviction, while businessmen
Arrive with predatory investments.

Securely, America cuffs our hands;
Securely, the Third Coming will desecrate the land.
No to the military buildup! Our voices rise
As sunburnt tourists take selfies;
We stare in fear: in the waves of the Pacific
A shape with eagle body and tip of the spear,
A gaze imperial and valiant as a shield,
Is moving its slow violence, while all around us
Flock ghosts of extinct native birds.
The pivot has begun; but now we know
That a century of colonial sleep
was startled awake in a weapons cradle,
America’s war beast, its hunger come round again,
Carriers towards Guam to be berthed.

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