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THREAT LEVEL

 


THREAT LEVEL

 

-        Peter Robinson (U.K.)

 

Yet even in clear daylight

the hauntings may return

when a driver’s window opens

on that narrow street beside you,

someone’s shadowing your shadow

or another’s metal tread

rings out across neglected spaces

of more failed developments …

and though this isn’t Copenhagen,

Brussels, Amsterdam or Paris,

no, it’s Parma, even here

with personal threat-level rising

paces quicken at the dread

of what may be behind you,

however innocent that shadow

or unreasonable your fear.

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