A Question of Identity

by Kevin T McEneaney

Is this the mug that launched a thousand tanks?

Who bombed hospital maternity wards?

Who shelled elementary schools at noon?

Who abducted 20,000 orphans,

dumping them in Sakhalin prison camp?

Who sent a hundred thousand teenagers

to rape, pillage, and torture citizens?

Who ordered the butchering of children?

Who wished to compete with Vlad Impaler?

Who was a pious Orthodox Christian

kneeling, praying before antique icons?

Yes, I saw him smile on television

when he buffaloed American Prez

with the cool charm of a crocodile smile….