The Idyossey
Chapter 15: Visitation


The Bushiad
Chapter 1- The Rage of George
Chapter 2- Rattling of Sabres
Chapter 3- Entreaties Rejected
Chapter 4- Osama Speaks
Chapter 5- The Underworld
Chapter 6- Fatherly Advice
Chapter 7- The Gods of War
Chapter 8- Juggernaut
Chapter 9- The Prisoners
Chapter 10- Interrogation
Chapter 11- George Dreams
Chapter 12- In the Clouds
Chapter 13- D
Chapter 14- Secret Agent
Chapter 15- The Tyrant Flees
Chapter 16- Out of Order
Chapter 17- George Descends
Chapter 18- Master Kim
Chapter 19- Uncurious George
Chapter 20- Asana
Chapter 21- Doing the Patriot Act
Chapter 22- Immaculate Reception
Chapter 23- The Little Prince
Chapter 24- Mission Accomplished

The Idyossey
Chapter 1- Ichor of the Gods
Chapter 2- The Price of Peace
Chapter 3- Empyre
Chapter 4- Woeful Warrior
Chapter 5- Mitzvah
Chapter 6- News Analysis
Chapter 7- Strategic Planner
Chapter 8- Aristea
Chapter 9- Last Supper
Chapter 10- Skullduggery
Chapter 11: Family Reunion
Chapter 12- Black Goddess
Chapter 13- Saboteur
Chapter 14- Glossolalia
Chapter 15- Visitation
Chapter 16- Dead or Alive
Chapter 17- Across the Border
Chapter 18- The Unraveling
Chapter 19- Summer in the City
Chapter 20- Wolf and Jackal
Chapter 21- George Gloats
Chapter 22- Surreality
Chapter 23- Kidnapped
Chapter 24- Denouement

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A breeze stirs the window curtain;
Despite the early summer warmth,
Foul Rumsfeld pulls the covers tighter
As if to shield himself from bitter cold.
He moans and murmurs, in restless sleep
Turning side to side.

He dreams vividly of a remote land,
The horizon sand in all directions.
Blowing grains assault his eyes
Despite his posture, chin to chest.
He stumbles blindly in growing darkness
As winds shift and swirl around him.

Among the dunes, a tent billows,
Inside, lanterns shimmer. He
Drags his feet forward, but
The sands grip his feet, they’re heavy
Difficult to lift. He struggles onward,
Finally arriving at the entrance.

He peers inside, then
Calls out cautiously, “May I come in?”
From inside he hears, “Please enter.”
Foul Rumsfeld falls inside upon a carpet.
It’s still and quiet. A lone figure
Sits, drinking from a clouded glass.

“Have some tea,” the figure offers,
Foul Rumsfeld, feeling safer, protected,
Crawls across the floor, sits cross-legged.
The cloaked figure before him,
Face concealed by shadows
Hands Rumsfeld a steaming glass.

“Where am I?” the Foul One asks, confused.
“The Tent of Allah, you are safe here.”
The hooded figure sips tea.
Winds outside are moaning, as is Rumsfeld
In his sleep. The tent flap flutters, another enters
And sits, small of stature, draped in black.

Rumsfeld becomes anxious as the newcomer
Pulls back the garment’s hood.
Her tired eyes deep pools in a young face,
Skin clear and almond-colored,
Long black hair cascading
Beside her sunken cheeks.

“I am Sabah Parat. I’m 10,” she says.
Foul Ashcroft tastes bitter bile,
And licks his dry lips. His glass
Of tea has turned gray-green,
He sniffs it and recoils as
The scent of death fills his nostrils.

The small figure is naked,
Her body scarred, bony, and bent.
She weeps, head in her hands.
“I cannot find my mother,” she cries, “I’m lost.”
She reaches for Rumsfeld, who cringes,
Afraid of this mournful apparition.

The entry curtain moves again, and
A surge of wind brings in another,
A child not four feet tall.
The tent’s air turns frigid; in bed
At home Rumsfeld turns, shudders,
Hugs his blanket tighter still.

“I’ve lost my ball,” the new guest says,
Then removes his robe, revealing
Two bloody stumps, no legs. His skin
Is shredded, white bones cracked, yet
He feels no pain, only great dismay
At his lost ball.

Turning to his host, The Foul One asks,
“Who are these children?” “Why,”
Replies the Hooded One, “They are yours.
Of course, their gruesome fates rest
In your hands alone, along with that
Of many others. Look outside.” He gestures.

His bed soaked in sweat, sheets tangled,
Rumsfeld speaks, though he still dreams,
“Dear God, it’s not my fault!” he cries
Then swallows, his throat dry. His
Dream tent opens to sands revealing
Multitudes of maimed and wounded children.

“There’s been a mistake,” The Foul One pleads,
“I’ve killed no child.” His host
Reveals the shrouded face, it’s Condi Rice!
“C’mon Rummy,” she says, “Be honest.”
The masses moan and wail, crying out
For life and love, both lost.

“You call yourself a lover, but
You're a killer,” she says, taking his arm.
“I did it all for you,” he says, enjoying
Her attention and forgetting
All the misery and suffering
Displayed around him.

“I love it when you’re macho,” Condi whispers
Turns to Rumsfeld and leans forward
Lips parted for a kiss. The Foul One
Hugs her close, his eyes close. He feels
Her moist lips on his skin, her tongue,
As her fangs bite deeply in his neck.

Screaming he awakens. His
Panicked heart is pounding, he
Has a huge erection. Dream fading, he
Puts his hand to his neck, feels something
Wet and warm. In the dawn’s early light
He sees fresh blood on his hand.

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