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'The Ratchet Clacks, the Wheel Cannot Turn Back'

By Frederick Turner - January 31, 2005 12:00 AM

On the Iraqi Election

They celebrate the birthday of Iraq,
Newborn upon their own most ancient land;
The ratchet clacks, the wheel cannot turn back.

New scholars of a future almanac,
They take their sheepskins in an inky hand
And celebrate the birthday of Iraq.

This act crowns kings and queens who were a pack
Of speechless beasts under a beast's command:
The ratchet clacks, the wheel cannot turn back.

No pale-faced Press, nor killers masked in black
Could break the circle of their wedding-band:
They celebrate the birthday of Iraq.

Warriors of peace, they held back the attack,
The medal's golden disk won from the sand.
The ratchet clacks, the wheel cannot turn back.

If chaos came, the whole globe went to wrack,
The glory of their choices still would stand:
They celebrate the birthday of Iraq,
The ratchet clacks, the wheel cannot turn back.

The author is a frequent TCS contributor. His article on religious and secular voters appeared in November. You can find his latest book of poetry here and find out more about Turner's poetry by visiting http://www.davidrobertbooks.com/turner.html and http://www.expansivepoetryonline.com.

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