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Tuesday, June 02, 2009


by Christopher Dollard

after W.S. Merwin

What woke you that morning?
Four explosions.
Paper fell from the sky.
What wakes you now?
Silence at 8:45.
Bells and hymns at 9:03.
Why then?
The start of my guard.
The memory of the skyline.
Where is your mind?
In bullets and bombs.
Prying under black hoods.
Yes. Where else?
Somewhere across the ocean.
On the shores of oil fields.
Where are you?
Right here.
In this room.
Where is the terror?
Overseas in a jetliner.
On the shores of oil fields.
No. Where is the terror?
Right here.
In this room.

Christopher Dollard was born in 1986 and raised in Montville, Connecticut, and South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is currently a student at Rhode Island College and lives in Providence, RI. His work has appeared in The North Central Review.