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Okay, 40s? Early 40s maybe with an emaciated look like extruded wax, first thing is long string hair like a grease curtain in front of his face, and behind that the grin, oily skin too as if he doesn’t wash but who knows maybe he’s naturally dark and shiny, like his black sunglasses and his black hair strings, wearing sunglasses inside like he has emerged from the bright side of a long day, with his grin maybe grinning at something he has just finished saying to himself or he is about to say to you, if you let him, or who? Just to himself? He has the aspect standing in one spot with the sunglasses and the grin of staring and thinking to himself, marveling at weirdness of the inside world, who knows really what it’s about, I’m not sure that he isn’t a emissary from a different world of some kind, and minutes later I see him walk by with a bag of ice from the big ice box pressed against his side, like his ribs hurt, with the same grin.
7. The assassin appeared out of the dark and fired the shotgun through the kitchen door, striking him from below, in the back, under his shoulder.
8. Birds flying off into the sunset like red numbers.
9. His name when he was born had been Doroteo Arango.
12. The embankment was so steep it was almost impossible to climb. But at the top, the desert stretched to the horizon.
13. I went down to the river, which always has a little water in it.
14. The mosquitoes finally drove them inside.
15. All the papers were piled into cardboard boxes.
16. Carlos bought an RV, moved into it and rented out his house to a woman and her son. He never returned to live in it.
17. It was red on the side you could see, but no one ever checked.
19. The lights shone on the lawn. Sometime after midnight, the house went dark.
20. Rolling north in the wet night, we crossed the Columbia on the high bridge with our headlights sweeping across the rainy dark.
Camus, I want to know, does the cold knife of wind plunge
noiselessly into the soul, finally
Camus, I want to know, does the seated death wing as sud-
den, swifter than leaden Fascist bullets …
Camus, sand-faced rebel from Olympus, brain lit, shining
cleanly, on far historical peaks …
Camus, I want to know, does the jagged fender resemble
Franco, standing spiked at Madrid’s Goyaesque
Camus, I want to know, the dull aesthetics, rubbery thump of
exploding wheels, the tick-pock of dust on steel
Camus, I want to know, does it clackety clack like that destiny
Train, shrieking to the Finland station
Camus, I want to know, does the sorrowful cry of unwilling
companions console the dying air …
Camus, I want to know, does the cry of protested death sing
like binding vow of lovers’ nod
Camus, I want to know, does the bitter taste of jagged glass
sweeten the ripped tongue, dried
Camus, I want to know, does the sour taste of
promise flee the dying mouth and eyes and lip
Camus, I want to know, does the liberated blood bubble
to the soil, microscopic Red Seas
Camus, I want to know, does the cyclop headlight illuminate
nerve-lined pits of final desires
Camus, I want to know, does the secret hoard of unanswered
queries scream for ultimate solutions
Camus, I want to know, does the eye of time blink in antic-
pation of recaptured seasons enriched
Camus, I want to know, does the sliver of quartz sensoulize
the clash of flesh on chrome and bone
Camus, I want to know, does the piercing spear of death
imitate denied desire, internal crucifixion
Camus, I want to know, does the spiritual juice flee as slowly,
as the Saharablood of prophets’ sons
Camus, I want to know, does it mirror the Arab virgin, her
sex impaled on some soldier’s wine bottle
Camus, I shall follow you over itching floors of black deserts,
across roofs of burning palms …
Camus, I shall crawl on sandpaper knees on oasis bottoms of
secret Bedouin wells, cursing …
Camus, I shall reach the hot sky, my brown mouth filled with
fragile telephones, sans rings…
Camus, I shall mumble long-cherished gibberish through
layers of protesting heat demanding …
Camus, I shall scream but one awesome question, does death exist?
Camus, I want to know. . .
Something goes on and on and does not die
like wind in a jar, it looks dead, open it again and
it’s out, it’s wind again— spit on the street
it’s all in the air in a few, breathe in, breathe out
same air as dinosaur farts, mammoths bleating
cries of little children never found or found too late,
there must be a line through all this, somewhere a line
that when you cross it, sun on one side, shadow
on the other, Israeli and Palestinian, it’s not a seed,
it’s a husk, not a bug, just a shell, the impression
of the thing that once was, bones that used to be
and a bit of fiber, mat of hair or mud, not even that,
a smell, leftover stench of it, evokes some thing
passing memory, pinkness of electrons floating in
the brain, thought ruffled like hair, mussed and—
electrical problem perhaps, a beeping, something out of order, won’t turn on, so I have a flashlight and I’m peering under the house, into the crawlspace with its musty dampness blowing a chill in my face, there’s the gas meter— “excuse me,” who’s this? some big old white haired guy in work clothes wants to get by, i’m crouched in the way, so I rise up— I don’t recall the sequence of events, the rationale or the transit, except that on a grass land, or on a vast slope of grass exposed to the blowing sky, the wind out of the sky, a woman is curled up in fetal position, in shock, middle-aged white woman eyes closed, wearing nothing more than a thin night shirt or pajamas, suffering some kind of psychological collapse, her skin is blanched, pinkish, her face slack, large nose and eyes closed but she’s slightly wincing, registering the buffeting wind that whips her short hair, she looks like an ordinary exhausted middle-aged woman and nobody is around, she might slip away in hypothermia under the endless wind, the endless sky—oh hell, i think, as i lie down in the cool grass beside her, put my arm around her, try to lend her some body heat…
Check list for emergency landing
1. Check that green plugs are installed.
2. Install catwalk.
3. Remove rear plate.
4. Remove armor plate. ——————————–Disconnect firing line.
5. Insert breech wrench.
6. Unscrew breech plug, (about 16 turns, remove, place on pad
7. Remove charge, 4 sections, place in powder can and secure.
8. Replace breech plug in breech, if there is time.