he probably loved his toys
played for hours with them
as a child, yes,
he was once a child
whose mind still
too soft for
steel, and barbed wire

nor are there are reports
if cruelty to dumb animals
pulling off arms and
legs and wings
of tiny things

and paging through his stamp collection
who would have thought
this little mind suddenly
transported across borders, boundaries,
frontiers, as
conqueror bent on
genocide, no small
Catholic tourist

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