Blackwater Security

This poem was written July 2010, I called it Blackwater, after a book you can find on Amazon or where-ever. However, I recently found a blog called Blackwatertown which is more in tune with my memory of a beautiful river in the North of Ireland. Now, it is just a word: one, a memory; two a new story from a troubled region, funny and respectful; three, mired in wrongness like this Blackwater Security which has shocked me so profoundly. 

Blackwater Security

Innocuous names, coupled
with others, imposing solidity,
thoughtfulness, security,
Even imaginative pull.

a river from cool northern peatbag
or, a night swing by the harbor, tide-full,
gleaming tar under wheels after rain.
Or, you could think literal,
sewer, stench heavy,
turd tide slime by the concrete,
necessary needful drain.

Now, Blackwater is obscenity,
distorted, twisted
monstrously created
from its own tortured training
in death destructions,
devious intelligences.

Devouring dollars,
straining credulity.
Funded by taxes
and government contract
Inspection, audit, enquiry
regardless it grows full-speed

A company of cancer spread
from the seed
of its origin.
Imaginary Omnipotence
False God.
Blackwater Security.


from Amazon book description:

Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. With its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty-thousand troops at the ready, Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the “global war on terror”– yet most people have never heard of it. It was the moment the war turned: On March 31, 2004, four Americans were ambushed and burned near their jeeps by an angry mob in the Sunni stronghold of Falluja. Their charred corpses were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The ensuing slaughter by U.S. troops would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. But these men were neither American military nor civilians. They were highly trained private soldiers sent to Iraq by a secretive mercenary company based in the wilderness of North Carolina. Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army is the unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.


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