Miasma

 

With riot dogs, let them sniff 

one hand --  makes it safe to pet. 

For police, a grin, stay back

 

ten feet, arms out, palms up.

If clubbed, cover head, close eyes,

cringe, pretend to sleep.

 

Dream away leaders, dense,

intent -- willing to torch villages

just to catch the scent.

                              Timothy Pilgrim