Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2014 |

Pacification

Let the meeting of the Committee begin. Outside, heavy-headed asters nod on delicate stems, so who will call this meeting to order, who is present, are we all present? Outside, planes fly low over the fields, bellies full and opening, mosquitoes dying in the green mists that sift from their tanks, so if we have a quorum, let us elect a chairman, let us elect a secretary who can take notes, can I hear a motion to elect? The low thrum of an airplane's engine, doppler-inflected, rising above the mists, a rumbling as the last insecticide canisters shower the field with light—We have the report of the subcommittee that needs our attention, the airplanes winking in the afternoon sun, the airplanes banking right, we have several concerns vital to the organization, quality control, restructured delivery, obscuring mists, will you turn away from the window, will someone please close the blinds, those are only mosquitoes dying, the airplanes spraying the fields.

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