Barbed Wire and Flowers


This was the landscape beside the English Air Force base where I spent a year of my life in the mid 1980s (before the AF and I parted ways, due to a minor disagreement over the existence of nuclear weapons).


Jetplane trails and rainbows
decorate the skies
Blink and you might miss
hell’s angels flying by

Dragons without wings
World without a soul
Hate that knows no bounds
Love that’s growing cold

All hail the conquering nation
Long live the mighty dollar
God forbid a moment’s compassion
for a lonely starving child!

Barbed wire and flowers,
opposites attract
Beauty wed the Beast,
all while Satan laughed.


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