New Ways to War

Let’s count coup instead of kill, just a touch,
or sneak into enemy camps, capture a prized
horse, okay, maybe a Hummer can count.

Send disputing generals and politicians into
the cold, locked in walk-in freezers, bare belly
to bare belly. Bounce it off, winner takes all.

Own or profit from weaponries? You
jump ahead to the front lines, and only your
kids get to sign up to serve while in high school.

Strategic defense and disarmament
from the United Notions Think Tank:
Maginot Line tiddlywinks on ping-pong

tables; sleepathons of snooze-you-lose;
ballistic reduction bake-offs; poetry
slam sonnet and ghazal peace treaties.