EMBASSY OF SIERRA LEONE

Embassy of Sierra Leone
What do you do there?
Any REAL embassy work?

You got . .

no flag

In your flagpole.

no cars

In your driveway.

no lights

In your windows.

no people

Anywhere!

Can you afford to do any
REAL embassy work?

Your air-conditioning units are . .

rusting through!

Your window paint is . .

flaking off!

Your wrought-iron window guards are . .

rusting through!

Their wrought-iron lyres are . .

rusting through!

Their wrought-iron arrows are . .

rusting through!

Your broken window panes are . .

taped together!

All you got is a . .

knee-high fence!


Or does all
Your money go
To fighting

Qaddafi-trained
Rebel chiefs
Who hack
Off the limbs
Of our
Former slaves

Next door
In Freedom Land?

Can you afford . . .

a coat of paint?
some Naval Jelly?
a single pane of glass?


They have been known
To change
A light bulb
Or two
At the embassies of

Eritrea
Swaziland
Rwanda

Just down the street.

They are poor, too
Dirt poor
So poor they
Fight over scraps.

Embassy of Sierra Leone
You are a
Slap in the face!
A diplomatic disgrace
You offend my
Sensibilities!

You stand there
As an afront
To me.

I know a boy
Posted there
In your
Lion Mountains

a musician!


Yes
He's there to do
REAL embassy work
Or so they say

Or so they tell
his Mom
and his Dad.


Because he risks
His life
At the
Embassy of
The United States of America
In Freetown
Sierra Leone.

He risks
His life
Behind that
Billion-dollar fortress
Teeming with armed
Marines.

But . . .
He's no diplomat
He's no keeper
Of the peace
He's a
Sitting duck!

Sent to your
War-torn nation
With . . .

no uniform
no weapon
no training

A fish in a
Barrel
A man in a
Glass house
A duck
On the pond.

Long ago
We had our
Rebels, too
Now we rule the
World, so . . .
We don't have to do
REAL embassy work
Anymore.

We just do
Whatever . . .
We want to do
Whenever . . .
We want to do it
And . . .
If you don't like it
We invade!

We don't need
Embassies
Anymore.

We don't need
Diplomats
Anymore.

We don't need
Diplomacy
Anymore.

We just
Tell you
What to do
And . . .
If you don't
Like it
We kick your butts!

Now
All we need
Are . . .

armed camps
barricades
bastilles
bastions, and
bulwarks
citadels
fortresses
forts, and
fortifications
garrisons
military outposts
palisades
parapets
ramparts, and
redoubts, and
stockades.


Manned by . .

lily-livered
weak-kneed
candy-assed
eggheads.

Who think they're
Peacemakers!

The Embassy of Sierra Leone!
I need you to do
Some REAL embassy work
Right now!

Pass this very
Diplomatic message
To your people
Your future rebels:

"If you harm
My musician
In any way
If you touch
One hair
On his head
I will
Storm
Your chancery
I will
Leap over
Your knee-high fence
And grab your
Wrought-iron lyres and
Wrought-iron arrows and
Smash through
Your Scotch-taped
Windows
and I will
Kick your butt!"


Then you will need . .

a flag

In your flagpole.

a car

In your driveway.

a light

In your window.

somebody

Somewhere!

Because, then
You will have to do
Some REAL
Embassy work.
© 2003 by Michael J. Farrand


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