Volume 8 | Spring 2018
by Ben White
The welcome home was full Of empty symbols – Yellow ribbons, Smiles, Hugs, Routines, Peace. He enters school with exit wounds Unseen sitting In the corner desk Jaws hardening Watching the door The windows, the room; Alert, always alert, And the professor’s red laser pointer Power-points Cultural Anthropology 101 Lecture slides, Not noticing The focus; The details. Intensity inhales anxiety, Exhales slow-squeezed Oscar Mike sights, Conditioned, Targeted, Targets Lit up. The classroom desert deserted, The class over, The students gone The professor smiling, Do you have questions? See you next time? Are you okay? Yes, he says, okay, Next time.