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

   (accepted by Whatcom Writes Anthology -- copyrighted Timothy Pilgrim photo-illustration: skull and viking bumpersticker )