1 by jamison crabtree
37. THE UNIVERSAL FORM & AN UNIVERSAL WOLF
A pigeon's skeleton is filled with air.
You know what a lie is.
To conflict, a form was given;
story. Fate, which was (and is)
a matter (and mattering) out
of hand. Deflated, a bird's bones
produce pinched sounds.
Eight police officers choke a man
to subdue him, to help
hold him against the ground
because they are suspicious
that he's selling untaxed cigarettes.
We made a language
to make things more palatable. The man on the ground,
often, dies. A murderer kills, a soldier
protects, the state administers.
The plot doesn't go anywhere new.
A waiter and a policewoman, both, serve
but in very different ways. If any of this were new
we wouldn't take it
for granted. The man on the ground, here, now,
dies. You know what a lie is;
but you know that calling someone a liar
only makes them angry. Do you feel
safer yet? We've gotten better at watching
tragedy unfold, documenting it, sharing it
with each other. It's easier
to find now that it's seemingly everywhere.
There's too much too keep up with.
When was the last time you stood up for someone else?
— Why did you bother?
JAMISON CRABTREE is a Black Mountain Institute PhD fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His manuscript “rel[am]ent” was awarded the Word Works’ Washington Prize and will be published in the Spring of 2015. Other poems from the “WOLF!!!" sequence can be found online at The Destroyer, Hobart, LEVELER, Deluge, Smoking Glue Gun, Similar:Peaks::, and Printer’s Devil Review.