i. Black Site Survival Strategy
Burlap over mousy head
mice in the bag
they bite me
I bite them
ii. A Workout
Higgledy-piggledy gym rat this morning, I cool down with yoga.
A lady comes in, hits the treadmill, stretches on the mat next to mine.
As she does, pant cuffs pulled up, her prosthetic legs cannot be ignored.
Last day of my Iraq tour, an IED...then noisy silence.
The woman, really just a girl, straightens-up in the mirror, limps out.
iii. Binary Threat From PTSTíd Yemeni Mom
Whirring above him, she whined,
Son, go to bed, or your dad will drone you.
iv. Trapdoor To Avoid Their Tormenterís Mettle
Eyeballs plucked out with a spoon
earn a smiley on his torturer's mask.
For the wife of the Syrian rebel leader,
cracking-up's a godsend.
© 2014 Gerard Sarnat