Friday, February 24, 2006

Statistics (2006)

"Beautiful Life" by muralist Isis Rodriquez, and the Nevin Center teens of Richmond, CA.

Six seconds to answer the phone
she said that he had stopped breathing five minutes ago
Four paramedics
worked for three hours
blowing and pushing breath to revive his tired body
To find him laying there, blood spatterings in firework sprays
Was too much
the mother, a sister, two tightly clasped together like a barrette
42 homicides, she said, 42 homicides out of 100,000

and this one was mine.

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