NOTE WE HAVE ALREADY GOT RID OF SEVERAL LIKE YOU—One Was Found In River Just Recently
We know you’re dreaming so hate to wake you
to inform you of your huge mistake: You!
This swift river that was our river. This
river is our river. We handshake you?
This Tigris that was our Tigris. Sumer
that is our Sumer. We make-or-break you.
This wide river that was our river. This
river gives courage to rattlesnake you.
Euphrates won’t dry up, as your book says,
for Armageddon. Yet we won’t slake you.
Irrigation. Civilization. Math.
We were first. So sorry to unmake you.
Our land: noble ancient cities when yours
had no men, only beasts. We forsake you.
This true river that was our river. This
river is our river. We heartache you.