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Sun

02

Nov

2008

A Bombing in Assam
Sunday, 02 November 2008 14:59
by Gary Corseri

You are walking along the street one day,

chewing cinnamon gum,

and the world is full of cinnamon

when there's a fireball —

and a blast of gushing air and noise

like the Earth is cracking

and time has exploded...

Then... silence...

You think you're okay, but you look down and your forearm

lies in the street like a dead snake and you collapse.

You don't think:

"It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blasts that went off within minutes of each other, but the region is torn by dozens of militant separatist groups that have long fought the government and one another."


This will come within minutes from those who were far away —

cool and calm analysis, almost reassuring in its syntactic coherence.

You are suddenly cold from the loss of blood

and you wonder if you will die and you cry out

in someone else's voice underwater.

But none of the rushing men notice.

You are twenty two and you have/had a good job —

you were earnestly trying to help.

But now you think there was no point to your life,

and you remember your mother and father

whose voices are in the sirens.

You are embarrassed to have

emptied your bowels,

and your white shirt is red and muddy,

your tie is choking you

and the men and women are running wildly but slowly.

You wonder if the gleaming metal in the street

is part of the motorcycle that sheared off your arm.

Somebody squats down, peers at your face, then rushes on.

There are many people screaming now

but you can't know if one of them is you

because nothing sounds like it used to.

You watch the sun come down into the road

and then there is only

soughing, impregnable blackness

sucking air from your lungs.

Gary Corseri has posted/published his work at Atlantic Free Press and hundreds of other venues.  His books include: A Fine Excess; Holy Grail, Holy Grail; and, Manifestations (edited).  He can be contacted at Gary_Corseri@comcast.net.
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