“The true measure of the justice of a system is the amount of protection it guarantees to the weakest” (Aung San Suu Kyi, In Quest of Democracy).

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go” (TS Eliot, preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby). Similarly, “You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough” (W Blake, Proverbs of Hell, line 46).

biking home

aquatic nights
streetlights like embers
burning reflecting flashes,
washed over
with distorted waves of light,
shades of shadow eyes
under umbrellas
and trenchcoats
filing ‘way
in the darkness
like momentary showers
off tree leaves
in the wind
upon my face
upon my windows
defending
the sanctity of home,
actually quiet intensity,
nothing is so safe.