It may have taken years
that really felt like decades
True, I already had my state business licence
and a liability insurance for over a million pounds
-my former wife though I was a safe investment.
Yet as I lay lying in the darkness of my bedroom
The thought that at any day, any hour my building
and my neighborhood could be attacked
by plane, by rocket, by a suicide truck
left me unnerved; my sleep jilted like a discarded lover
It took endless meetings with the co-owners
yet we prevailed: today we have an anti aircraft missile device on the roof.
My little girl loves it! She is charmed by its whirling, turning spinning
She said it is like a jellyfish with eyeballs, a tortoise pivoting like a ballerina,
Its eyes fixed on the sky
regardless of the weather
regardless of events below on the street
matter little economic highs or lows
matter little which Prime Minister rules
Our sweet, faithful, reliable anti aircraft missile system is
In the dog of the night
Beware! If it be a fish and chips stand whose merchant pretends to be innocently selling at our corner or
an olympic athlete making a false start at the 100 meter dash to create a diversion in order to attack our building
WE WILL BE PREPARED!!!
Safety has no price, security no place, and fear no proximity.