Ask Yourself--What Do You Know about Iraq?

by Megan Langley

I know nothing about Iraq,
I admit it.
The extent of my knowledge
Begins and ends with heat and sand.
I’d be lying if I claimed
That I never referenced Wikipedia
For further facts.
And yet, people are dying,
Honest-to-God dying,
In a foreign place I know so little about.
But what do any of us really know
About Iraq (or dying soldiers),
Sitting at home on a comfy couch cushion,
Watching images of a war
(that doesn’t even seem like a war)
On the high-def television screen.
So really, what do we know?


Posted on 11/06/2008
Copyright © 2021 Megan Langley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 11/07/08 at 12:19 AM

A strong write lady and one that should be shouted from the roof tops. We are so argonant for a nation that knows so little. You speak the 21st century truth. We see the truth of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. Rarely do we go beyond that unless we see a uniform walk to the door with an unwanted message. The same is true for the 3rd world countries. We have little idea and far too many really don't care as long as they can sit satisfied on their sofa or at a bar or lie in bed with someone for the night.

Posted by Johnny Crimson on 11/07/08 at 02:25 AM

Amazing. I know cause I was there in 2004 and 05 and 06 in the Marine Corps, and I'll tell you that no one knows anything. This was beautiful and innocent, and i loved it.

Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 11/07/08 at 07:30 AM

It does seem so far away, so removed from our day-to-day reality....yet we are paying the painful price. Can't wait until we can get our troops out of there! MFS

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/07/08 at 06:41 PM

Your first two lines make this for me - that a person would admit to not knowing something and ask questions always gives me hope.

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