Issue 71, Fall 1977
Held Up for Answers
Three powerful people
seized me, held me at gunpoint,
and demanded answers. They didn’t want money.
One of the women ordered me to answer for myself
immediately. I spoke rapidly; I gave her
my name, address, occupation, and favorite color.
She wore a blue bandana. Then I listed
ten reasons why I believe capital punishment
is a crime, and why Patty Hearst is a victim.
I sensed confusion, her left foot tapped anxiously.
I was about to speak again when she ordered me silent.
The weapon left my side, she disappeared.