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A Chance For Iraq
by Paul Francis Mc Cann

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

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As another explosion shook Baghdad a plea cried out
from the rescue workers there .
It fell on an international journalist
who held his camera up in the air.
Then its lens moved along the streets
where people waited and prayed hard in the rain .
The breath of life rested a while ,
then made it's way to those who's trust was hard to gain .
Looting had started in Baghdad and blame hide from their faces
for all the world to see .
People leapt up into the air
and hope flew all the way back to the powers that be .
All of these people for a moment held their freedom ,
and it was the first for a while .
Journalists lit candles ,
Soldiers kept a tight upper lip,
and someone saved a smile ,
As statueís fell to the ground
The people of Iraq frantically waved a palm branch .
Someone from the crowd in a soft breath whispered these words ,
"At last Iraq has chance "



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Reviewed by J M 12/29/2005
I am interested in War poetry and disaters so i am going through old archives this message is powerful thanks for sharing this one.
Reviewed by Tonia Polak (Reader) 4/9/2003
My heart breaks for all the suffering going on in the world right now. It is terrible that people have to die in order to have freedom. Sometimes war and peace must go hand in hand, and that is the most heartbreaking thing of all.
Keep up the great work, Paul. Well done.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 4/9/2003
There was much blood shed for this...and for those lost I do cry..too bad it had to be this way..but those people deserve better...thank God for brave men from countries that went there to free the Iraquis...God bless the ones who had to die..Floria
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 4/9/2003
Well done, Paul. An exciting day. Now it will be time for the naysayers to wind up for a second and third breath and carry another banner of BS and ugliness.

About who will rebuild? The countries that fought and paid for the war. They deserve to do so.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/9/2003
i saw one of the statues toppled...PRAISE GOD, the regime of terror and tyranny is over! now iraqis everywhere can experience what they haven't had before...FREEDOM! God have mercy on the iraqi people...and on the united states...and on us all. powerfully expressed write...well done! (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by J. Murphy 4/9/2003
Very well written, isn't awesome to see what we have done for these people--this is something the troops and Marines can look back on the rest of their lives and remember what they did, that the hardship was worth it. J.
Reviewed by Leysa Lowery 4/9/2003
Amen!
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 4/9/2003
Yes, Paul. The lying statue must fall...an open hand instead of a clenched fist is just too ironic to be believed.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 4/9/2003
God Bless America for sharing freedom.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 4/9/2003
Those people were dancing in their streets this morning and now throwing shoes at the statues of Saddam! Now somebody tell me those poor dear people are not showing their gratitude for the first time in their lives they feel as though they have a chance to actually live! Tell me a different aspect of what I'm viewing with my own eyes and make me believe it! For the smiles and relief on their faces tell me all I need to hear and see,,,,,Lisa
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