It Only Takes a Word To Conquer

It Only Takes a Word to Conquer (Draft 2)

Conquer at first with diplomacy.

To weaken the enemy,
send in the smarmy army
and a cocktail or two will do
to suck out a bit of brain
through a tin ear that
hears only flattery.

Our unctuous Ambassador
is slick, not anxious, and
easily wheedles out
a disarmament treaty

When their guard is down
we attack and control,
those not dead are
obsequious for us,
grateful to be
our new slaves.

— Douglas Gilbert

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2 thoughts on “It Only Takes a Word To Conquer

    1. Thanks. Well, there’s not an actual story behind this one except that I was trying to understand how to use smarmy, unctuous, and obsequious. I’m still not sure. But maybe it would fit somehow in a sequel to my blog book or a longer one without the cliff-hanger or sad ending.

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