Articles Not in Sunday’s Paper by Heather Quarles '10April 19, 2010
On Monday, over two-hundred eleven million people
Died in the headlines of the A section.
Their obituaries were cropped by a margin
Of interest estimated to span, on average, five
Words across. In one picture,
An officer's arm was bent over his head,
Arched over a man whose feet he had beaten
Until they bled through his shoes.
Other Authorities clenching sticks
Stood strongly in their black boots,
And puffed their protected chests
Farther into the streetside riots.
Arms draped in foreign fabrics
Grabbed at the officials. Saffron sleeves
Fisted through the barricades,
And pounded patrol men on the opposite side.
Shadowy caves of shouting mouths
Screamed for words silenced in the article.
Their tongues rolled and tasted the revolt
That thickened the yellow protest air.