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Sandra Kohler: Need

The way numbers shift, dates, data: weather,
the skies, currents of air, of feeling: patterns,
possibilities, trends. I’m thinking this morning
about Greece, where protests are turning violent,
realize I have no sense of what shapes those
people’s lives, the lived causes of their actions

Listening to acorns falling, watching the pattern
of light and shadow fluctuating on the curtains,
I am in Athens and in Boston, on Tonawanda
Street, where there’s been another shooting.
The local paper’s report doesn’t name the dead
boy; the memorial at the corner does: “Sonny.”

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