This article on NPR got me thinking about peace and democracy. Does democracy promote military action? Is “peace and democracy” an oxymoron? Aside from the parenthetical addition to the last stanza, all of the words below came from the article. I cut and pasted it into a document and deleted words in “erasure” fashion. All but the last four lines occur in the order they appear in the document.
It's no surprise
pockets of protest
challenge President Bashar Assad.
Alarm bells in Washington punch.
The situation is threatening
to unravel intricate
relations with allies and foes.
usher in the unknown.
Tensions bind freedom and reform.
Uprisings press an explosive gauntlet
as Syria’s military is still
on Assad’s side.
Syrian hands try
to manipulate America.
We exile peace in democracy.
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