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Thursday, January 8, 2015

East Meets West

 written in response to the 2014 Ottawa Terror Attack (a series of shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa)

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet
-- Rudyard Kipling, opening line of "The Ballad of East and West"

a flurry of white
against the sunset sky
the smell of blood

gunshots from afar --
on the wall of a mosque
Go home spray-painted