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Scott Kennedy Aagaard

35 years old
Drinkmore Cafe, Seattle

Mr. Aagaard has written over a dozen articles and several op-ed pieces on the economic impact of the US-Iraq conflict. He is the 1998 recipient of the Lou Baldridge Journalism Award.


The Playground

I only turned my back for a moment,
but I heard the pop.
Something happened. Somebody is hurt.
They are both bleeding.
Who started this?

Please stop crying.
Who hit who?
Who started this?

"It's HIS fault" each of them says.
"He's bad" each of them says.
Then they both start crying.

Who started this?
What can I do?

Perhaps I should separate them.
Perhaps I can find someone
who was there. Someone who saw something.
Perhaps I can punish them both.
Perhaps I should just ignore them.

Or perhaps I should just
drop a bomb on the whole playground.


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