Ode to a Drone by Amit Majmudar

Here’s a great poem for teaching Odes because it is just delicious to read aloud. I’ve also used it along with Margaret Atwood’s “A Drone Scans the Wreckage.”  Additionally, I’ve paired “Ode to a Drone” with The Kite Runner in the past.

 

Ode to a Drone

Amit Majmudar

Hell-raiser, razor-feathered

risers, windhover over

Peshawar,

 

power’s

joystick-blithe

thousand-mile scythe,

 

proxy executioner’s

proxy ax

pinged by a proxy server,

 

winged victory,

pilot cipher

unburdened by aught

 

but fuel and bombs,

fool of God, savage

idiot savant

 

sucking your benumbed

trigger-finger

gamer’s thumb

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Ode to a Drone by Amit Majmudar

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