May 22, 2012

A shortcut out of our apathy



The cars slow down
everyone turns to look

ambulance lights flash
reflecting in the street like a swarm of red fish
a strange stillness clogs the air
shock or maybe
it is all the concentration
angels and death and paramedics
trying to get their way

as for the rest of us
it’s not morose curiosity

we want a shortcut out of our apathy
a reminder that we are sacks of water
that can puncture

get me home
so I can hold my husband’s beautiful face
write something sublime
and kiss my son.

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Yes, seeing these types of life-threatening emergencies really makes us appreciate the ones at home much more! Excellently formed poem to draw us straight into this conclusion.

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“ambulance lights flash
reflecting in the street like a swarm of red fish
. . . .
a reminder that we are sacks of water
that can puncture”

I am shaken out of my apathy.

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