Waiting for Decisive Battle

Waiting for Decisive Battle*
by C. Charles Bley

now in an ecstasy
over the underground
test by our scientists.

welcoming crowd we see
Party official He
heroes the citizens

us a great enemy
damn suffered crushing in
senses again.
“won't we reduce
his den to dust”

thunder-bolt rock
no armed provoker.

to foil the reckless
come at us like lions
panic-stricken joy raging
burning hatred Yankee

a wolf
piercing, declares:
Fatherland Liberation

*The full article "Waiting for Decisive Battle" originally appeared 2.23.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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