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Friday, August 11, 2006


by Carol Elizabeth Owens

“[T]he plotters were ‘getting close to the execution phase….There were very concrete steps under way to execute all elements of the plan’.”
– U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [ (8/10/2006)]

Even the FBI has conceded that the so-called Miami 7's plan was ‘more aspirational than operational’.”
– [“Minority Report” (7/15/2006)]

is more liquid
now and the thought of it
appears to have gotten stronger
over time. contemplate
this quietly—

black men
did, and at once
their dreams seemed explode
into a full-scale indictment—

even a spectre
of some substance
so what

should we
think about this?
today, london’s bridging
the great gap between justice’s
international teeth
they’re combing thru
more than

evidence of
a potential bomb plot
their targets really got started
again, what should we think?—
perhaps nothing
at all

Carol Elizabeth Owens is an attorney and counselor-at-law in Western New York (by way of Long Island and New York City). She enjoys technical and creative writing. Her poetry has been published in several print and virtual publications. Ms. Owens loves the ways in which words work when poetry allows them to come out and play. The poem "don't even think about it " is written in a form called eintou (which is West African for "pearl," as in "pearls of wisdom").