Two soldiers died in Iraq today.
I flipped on the television and there it was;
a byline underneath the real story:
Michael Jackson. Did he do it or not?
Everybody thinks so, and the coverage
will continue for at least a week as we
wonder where the truth really lies.
And what the hell is wrong with him?
What wrong with him.
Last night it was, ‘hey, that Michael Jackson thing
is on TV.’ Then tomorrow it’ll be, ‘did you see that
Michael Jackson thing?’ after a joke about the
janitor who sat in on a confessional in place of
the priest and asked the altar boy what Father
Mike gave for oral sex, after hearing a woman’s
confession. Then the altar boy said,
And we wonder
what the hell is wrong with them.
Two soldiers died in Iraq, and there it was, a
testimony to what we love, a picture of Skeletor,
the greatest pop sensation of the 20th century
and a fan calling in telling Michael to fight
the good fight
as soldiers die in Iraq,
or so the blurb said.
It was more of a passing byline, really.
Christopher is an accountant from Long Island and the author of War Poems: A Marine’s Tour 2003-2008, which can be purchased here, or checked out at your local library. He is currently working on his next book.