Light a Candle for Iraq Today
At last there is a constitution
presented to a divided nation.
A dog’s dinner, a mishmash
of ideas put together in a rush.
It narrowly escaped failing,
even though it was ailing.
Nonetheless, it was ratified
even though it was vilified.
Next comes the election,
dream of a hopeful nation.
But will it bring democracy
or usher in theocracy?
The invaders intention was clear:
a democratic Iraq will bring cheer
to oppressed nations living in fear.
But will democracy be just a veneer?
This I cannot foretell,
for time alone will tell.
All I can do is hope and pray
and light a candle for Iraq today.
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