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Joseph Ross

If a man wakes in Yemen,
with shoes under his bed
and eats breakfast with luggage,
then buys a one-way ticket
from the bearded waiter
to summer in Baghdad,
all so he can send an email,
which causes a rustling
of the palm trees
above the heads
of three men who will pray
three fridays from now
in a mosque without their shoes
that is near an ATM
which a young girl's father used
in 2001, and a light flashes
in Langley, Virginia but
the analyst is up getting coffee
and thinking of her daughter's
coloring book and the various
line and drawing games
her daughter has not completed,
are we safe yet?

Joseph Ross

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