Winter 1995 • Vol. XVII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1995 |

Check Outside

They believe that if they remain frightened enough for long enough things won't happen.   You know—things. Listen to a city late at night: the dead bolts clapped into place, TVs spitting on the floor, upstairs mothers hammering Jesus into their black thumbs. But things will happen. Even here with everybody here. People are going to do some more things. You see it all the time. Starting now and from now on, weather is weather, and news is weather too. Who do you think is behind all those uniforms? Your plans: your ideas  about tomorrow. Even now, the blood turnsin your ear—a story. You want a story. But right now we're right in the middle of something really funny, and let me tell you:  it's something like a story, all this. People with chips—heavy chips on their shoulders.  People with a few tricks up their sleeves  have got to do some more.  things. Check outside—how the wind runs from some exact somewhere.  That man on the wall b

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