A shock of chestnut hair
covers dark eyes that thrive
on the promise of struggle.
You disguise us as infidels
twining your hatred
into pressure cookers.
Spent bombs blow cities into lockdowns
and hearts harden against you.
We seek shelter within the confines
of televised reports.
Heat signatures beam up human forms
from backyard boats,
shipped to our living rooms.
We see Big Brother’s vision
land on our TVs.
able to lock down Boston in short order
possesses tremendous power.
Homeland Security feeds the beast.
(An ordinary American sees something awry on
his boat, checks it out-finds reason to
A culprit, apprehended.
Dark eyes open in a hospital room
and we wait.
Brenda Warren 2013
This one is for The Sunday Whirl.