Paris, Friday 13, 2015

by Jeff Oaks

The danger is getting stuck here.  

The danger is moving too fast away.

The danger is forgetting to breathe

again. To play music. The danger is simplicity,

the either/or, the us or them, the with

or against.  The danger is the blood

on the streets! The danger is inventing

the city of flowers. The danger is

ongoing, hours and hours of resistance

in the forms of patience. After hurt, 

therapy feels like pain. To take a step now

helps against a dangerous rigor later. How

to exercise the first muscles of hope? Bodies count.

Someone you know screams for more death. 

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