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Kandy Hearts and War Crimes

by Dan McLeod

Let’s talk about sex, Iraqi

let’s talk about U.N. me

’91 and infidelity

‘93 to infinity

no carpet for Aladdin when Uncle rolled in

not even a body bag

just a swift execution against a wall


in some bombed-out urban sprawl


gutted and fucked, under a drone-strike sun

the Sultan?

Oman, no time for that

those tales should be told in Den Haag


so while the daisies cut

and scuds scuttled

I went AWOL

jumped fences to see

Afghans a-poppin’ and fields a-smokin’

getting sucked deep into the Genie’s lamp

with opium-stroked glands

About the Author

Dan McLeod lives in Melbourne, Australia. His short story Plunging Silver was published in the 2017 Newcastle Short Story Anthology and his poetry has been published internationally, via Button Eye Review. He has contributed articles and reviews for several Australian music websites; and cites Pedro Juan Gutierrez, Geovani Martins and Karl Hyde as influences.

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