It was said,
And the people became afraid.
a dwarf in a petrified forest,
watching them dance the ancient dance —
there seemed joy in their terror,
& laughter, too.
People baked bullets into their bread.
They chopped up newspapers
& fried them
with sliced onions & sizzling steaks.
They stroked surveillance cameras
between their legs.
They treated TV screens like wells,
dipping buckets into them,
& offering them to neighbours.
At times it held the shape of mirrors & men,
the Fear spread across the waking earth
as if it were gas
& gas expands to fill
it is put in.
A man would not serve me at the supermarket.
A woman crossed the street to avoid me.
An anonymous email wished death upon me.