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  • They send the soldiers to Crazytown and they ask the soldiers to make decisions based on Sane Corners.

    They say, There are firefights, go do it.

    The fighting men go, the fighting men do it. They say to the fighting men, Why did you do it?

    The fighting men say, You told us to do it.

    They respond, We told you to do it, we did not mean for you to do it----that way.

    They say, Go to Crazytown and never go Crazy.

    They say, Tend to the troubled flocks, lay down with the lion. Be as a lamb, in fields of explosives. Be a lion, be a lamb, be a shepherd. Be all things, but keep your focus.

    The shocked shepherds amass, bivouac, coalesce, plant, re-arm, shell, are shelled, in the goat terrain of brain avalanche.

    They say, Obey, listen closely, nobody said obey---that way, nobody said --listen that precisely.

    Catch-22 is getting quainter, every day.

    The heart of darkness is a heart at war with itself. (Terror made the Gorgon, and even the Gorgon is falling apart, the Gorgon is in shellshock, the Gorgon has Soldier's Heart, the Gorgon was made by the heart of darkness.)


    We passed darkness, last Tuesday.

    (Photo is detail from a rug in our home, woven by the Baluche tribe outside Herat, Afghanistan, c. 1950)
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