Peru Hostage Siege Rescue Euphoria
(Ask The Lamenting Mother Of The Rebel)

Ask the lamenting mother
Of the rebel
Fighting for freedom
While the sensationalizers
Hype explosive solutions
Missing the reasons
For the trouble
The exploitation
The crushing of democracy
The corporate capture of natural resources
The poverty of the people
The humiliation of the national soul

Another rebel has died
Another bright eyed child
           has seen the light
               is lowered into his grave
               as a mangled body
                             lost in lies
The mother helplessly cries
International newspapers describe
The technical sublime
Disciplined soldiers dumbly smile
Heroes for the ignorant masses
The truth quiet
In its boundless compound
c 1997 Claude Mayers

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