Progress

“Progress” is one in a series of poems I’ve written based on speeches. All of the words here are extracted from a speech by Afghan President Hamid Karzai at Georgetown University on January 11, 2013.

Progress

Forget less pleasant aspects
Of our relationship
A great cause: Freeing Afghanistan
It went all right
With the U.S. taxpayer’s money
(Laughter)
(Laughter)
(Laughter)
(Laughter)
It did contribute massively
To mobile phones
We had walkie-talkies: Orange
Progress.
In Afghanistan there is a life
Donkey carts, music, honking
A return of the Taliban.
The War on Terror
Has been costly.
We have lost.
You’ve heard of grapes?
(Laughter)

President Karzai addresses an audience at Georgetown University’s historic Gaston Hall during a trip to Washington.

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