After the Big Parade

Millions of people cheering and waving flags for joy in Manhattan

Yesterday’ve returned to their jobs and arthritis now Tuesday—

What made them want so much passion at last, such mutual delight—

Will they ever regain these hours of confetti’d ecstasy again?

Have they forgotten the Corridors of Death that gave such victory?

Will another hundred thousand desert deaths across the world be

cause for the next rejoicing?