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POEMS

>GAMEBOY

-- With drones, there are no pilots to become casualties (NPR report, Sept. 4, 2007)[end italic]

By Gene Grabiner

Some fast thumbs joystick

kid from Vegas in this windowless

desert room out by the Spring Range,

sits

in front of a huge quad array,

backlit vid screens.

Room in perpetual fluorescent daylight

just like casinos downtown.

Gets laser right on target,

on the money, on the button,

it's a win.

Collateralizes that insurgent

Afghan wedding party.

Breaks for ham

Sandwich, some pop and a smoke before

ducking back down

in his bunker, Creech Air Force Base.