So Long, Saddam

The slaughter of the innocents revisited

So long, Saddam. Your rope was short.
And all because a Baghdad court
determined you deserved to die
for heinous crimes you did.

Like old King Herod long ago
who slaughtered babies row by row,
your ego was most satisfied
when you were murdering.

And though confronted by wise men
you quickly put an end to them.
When threatened in your leadership,
your blood ran cold as ice.

But, nonetheless, one babe I see.
A fragile life. Democracy.
You could not kill what longs to live.
It was the death of you.

May God have mercy on your soul
for in the end your life long goal
left countless mothers childless.
Both in your land and ours.