The Good Fight

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,

“twenty bucks.”

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 Pascale

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.

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