It had taken much thought and planning that wartime May Day four years ago when George W. Bush co-piloted an S-3B Viking sub reconnaissance Naval jet onto the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Scott Sforza, a former ABC producer, had "embedded" himself on that aircraft carrier days before the President landed. Along with Bob DeServi, a former NBC cameraman and lighting specialist, and Greg Jenkins, a former Fox News television producer, he had planned out every detail of the President's arrival -- as Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times put it then -- "even down to the members of the Lincoln crew arrayed in coordinated shirt colors over Mr. Bush's right shoulder and the ‘Mission Accomplished' banner placed to perfectly capture the president and the celebratory two words in a single shot. The speech was specifically timed for what image makers call ‘magic hour light,' which cast a golden glow on Mr. Bush." (More...)
The sea tilts in its mournful ballet
Waiting upon your puffed utterance to strike
An awkward chord over the rapturous.
Pirouetting jauntily you make your way front
Captured in the sun’s golden swagger.
They wait. Fearing what death may come upon
Their course. What long faces tip of this gloom;
Furrows patterned of your barefaced malice.
You’ve no more magic hour light to snuff or bend.
All that you have crawls over innocence.
A tomb howls in the mist. It beckons,
Etched with your name.
La mission a accompli.
© 2007 mrp/thepoetryman
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