October 23, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Don Krieger




Why He Said It


“He knew what he was getting into”

   — US President during a bereavement phone call 



Telling a dead soldier: You knew what you were getting into, is simply saying, Don’t blame me.

It’s cowardly which is why our President said it.


Telling the soldier’s family: He knew what he was getting into, is more nuanced.

It still says: Don’t blame me, a coward’s statement.


It also says: Blame your son for your sorrow, a brutal statement

which is why our President said it.


It also says: Though this is a bereavement call,

I offer you my excuse from responsibility as your son’s Commander in Chief

and a brutal sentiment to add to your grief,


an incompetent and vicious statement

which is why our President said it.






Don Krieger

I have built satellites, worked in the operating room, been in a cult, …

I earn my living as part of a group which is trying to understand and treat head injury.

In my poetry and short blog pieces, I want to express ideas with unambiguous clarity and intensity.

I willingly sacrifice rhyme and meter, art, cleverness, elegance, and beauty for these.

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1 Comment

  1. Ron Larson October 23, at 10:46

    Moondog Wilson, Lunatic Some congresspeople lack a sense of decency, And the same people have at least a touch of lunacy. Dogs do bark at the moon, But Moondog barks at noon, And I haven't heard the moon bark back recently.


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