Dear Bella

So after my article on Agent Orange Day
Was published in the campus newspaper

Professor Lang
Came up to me at Fatemeh’s Cafe and said

“Why do you only talk about
How the US and South Vietnam were

How come you never mention
How rotten the Viet Cong were

How they killed children
Terrorized women

How they jailed Buddhists
Made so many people flee on boats

You’re one-sided
You should show both sides!”

Even though Professor Lang
is highly esteemed in the Pol Sci department

Not even he can read everything
Worth reading

Seems he must have missed
(Or forgotten)

Those lines from George Orwell’s
“Notes on Nationalism” (1945)

The nationalist not only does not disapprove
Of atrocities committed by his own side

But he has a remarkable capacity
For not even hearing about them

Which reminds me of
Matthew’s gospel–chapter 7, verses 3 to 5

See, Jesus has been on my mind
I’ve been reading that history you gave me

On Yiddish writers’ perspectives on the Galilean sage
Holding it all (or trying to)


–work-in-progres, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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