Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
-George W. Bush, "Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People" (2001)
Arnold Böcklin, "War" (1896)
what do we choose?
in the war, along the fronts that divide us, where do we walk?
in the monumental battle between good and evil
where every other is the latter to the former,
where the forces of war call out to one another
along a front designed to maintain their animosity,
is it possibly true? –
an irrefuteable either/or
within which we must take a side,
should we not seek to walk within that fracture that divides,
the fracture that consumes declarations of war?
this is path on which the heathen rage,
along which traitors walk:
possessed by no one
that is the last hope of humanity.