NaPoWriMo 2017, poem 13

Nangahar —

the largest non-nuclear bomb just hit

between Mes Aynak and Swat Valley.


Mes Aynak is full of Buddhist relics

archeologists have been racing to save

before a Chinese mining company comes in.


Swat Valley was once known as the land of Oddiyana,

a Buddhist sacred place, home of Guru Rinpoche,

a sort of Jesus for Tibetan Buddhists.


Time will tell

what has been wrought

but for now,

all I can think of is holy lands

being destroyed

by a yellow-haired toddler

released from his giant playpen

to play with a 21,000 pound toy.


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