Pome 12

July 11, 2011

suburban monastery

Only 10 blocks away
building burned – perhaps burning now
the August night broken by sniper fire,
Police men bleeding in the streets
A sniper surrenders (perhaps out of ammunition)
Gun jammed?
some sed he was framed in a doorway
like a picture – his hands in the air
when they shot him –

Only 10 blocks away
from my quite apartment
with its green ceramic Buddhas
& science fiction books,
unread skin magazines to be cut up
for collages

only 10 blocks away
from my total helplessness
from my boredom enforced by the state
they are looting stores
trying to get televisions
so they can watch the riots
on the 11pm news

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