SAFE IN THE DARK IT USED TO REST
in texas last week at twin peaks restaurant biker
gangs had a shooting spree nine dead 170 injured
bodies scattered everywhere
noon busy waco interstate truck stop draws a huge
lunchtime crowd it’s not known what triggered the
violence Sgt. W. Patrick Swinton waco police
maybe there was no trigger Pat maybe the wild wild west
still exists in the hinterland why in washington a family
was held captive by a gun toting stranger tortured for 8 hrs.
then he ordered a pizza DNA gave him away mayhem slouches
in gullies near interstates +arrives in the capitol on a clear spring
day even the pundits don’t know what to say
so they pull at their moustaches and avert their gaze in a friendly
gesture Barack tweeted from the oval office! he received countless
answers many with death threats one depicted him hanging from a tree
can we still consider america home of the free?
What’s called a normal life?
(Rosemary Waldrop Love+Other pronouns)