“on patrol”

by Andrew Lafleche

in search of the
absence of normal
it’s what warned us
—–of things to come

the green ones suffered
——under these conditions
——hypervigilance atop paranoia
——tripping over their own feet
——zero confidence
in themselves and their team

they became liabilities

us veterans, we thrived
we lusted after normal’s absence
——became giddy and loose
——something was about to happen
——and we were ready for it
——confidence and cool
yes, even arrogant in our youth

something mortal was about to transpire
and regardless the outcome, we were there