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THE WIND

Would I hold my hand thus if I were such a murderous beast?
Asked the wolf…
Would I be thought a monster like you if I howled in horror?
Asked the sheep…
I howl for pleasure, little sheep! I consume to nourish my sorrow!
Scolded the wolf…
I do not mean to offend your howling or persuade your hunger, sir.
Prayed the sheep….
See my opposing thumb and how it can bring me such pleasure?
Inquired the wolf…
See my shivering hooves and how they frustrate me significantly?
Echoed the sheep…

The wind now wails its bitter speech as the wolf skulks nearer.

Come! Let us sit next to one another and we shall drink a toast.
Said the wolf…
I shouldn’t. It’s not right to do so while so many continue to perish.
Replied the sheep…
Thou art afraid of me, dam? Me? A creature with such manners?
Crooned the wolf…
No. I- I- I just don’t think it appropriate to toast on this- of all days.
Answered the sheep…
But this is a day of triumph! Today’s the best day to drink to victory!
Howled the wolf…
There you go …

The Weight of It

Put a single bullet in the palm of your hand, it lays there, obedient, glistening, motionless, weighing no more than a thought.

Sew all grenades into the sleeves of white dress shirts making sure to leave the pins fully engaged and they shall never again need ironing.

Gently lower all IEDs to the furthest depths of the sea among the amazing and peculiar mysteries of the deep and strange creatures shall dance to their silence.

Place all the military tanks on the planet into large pots, stoke all the furnaces and melt them down into a liquid and from them erect millions of rolling libraries.

Hang all rifles and handguns from the surface of the moon like an airplane mobile or a holiday tree ornament, and listen to the wind make a joyful noise.

Sculpt all manner of bombs into enormous statues, whose eyes look down and whose brows are furrowed, and merrily stare back into their dreary faces.

Place a world of peace in the palm of your hand, feel it gently breathing, exhaling through your fi…