Ominous drums in the distance,
Continuous heightened alert,
Duck and cover
Regardless of actual threat.
Deflect attention from
Vast resources coursing
Into deep complex pockets,
Conflate with patriotism.
Countless homes disintegrating,
Children lacking sustenance,
Families crumpling to their knees.
Another extravagant instrument of
Strife rolls off an assembly line.
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