false urgency

Julio Larraz (Cuban, b. 1944), The Fourth Amendment, 2014. Oil on canvas.

We practice small-scale empire building.
Our bodies conduits of conquest and currency.

There is an untouchable light
when reflections of past experiences
pull from distance and probable cause.

No longer placid as orthodox perceptions,
our over-reliance becomes reflex.

We just assume mornings start new—
uninterrupted       extraordinary.
Repeat until you believe.

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