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Photo by Tito Texidor III on Unsplash

is it easier to break bones clad in
gear, shielded and unknown? is it 
easier to swing the club and kick in 
doors anonymous in uniform?

does agony seem 
sterile behind a gas 
mask? does a scream 
go dull falling on an 

the allure of power 
imbalance that 
emboldens and exudes a 
vicious scent

knee on the neck boot 
into shin baton against 
bone eyes and lungs and 
throat against tear gas 
chest against the barrel 
of a gun

on a rooftop at a distance finger 
on the trigger do they appear 
more dispensable surveyed 
anonymous in uniform?

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Bijan Mottahedeh is a photographer and a poet. He lives in San Mateo, CA.

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