Academic journal article Field

Figures

Academic journal article Field

Figures

Article excerpt

The math. He calculated

at his desk, in November's chrome light

slanting through his office window: taxes paid

times the price of one Reaper drone

divided by federal budget.

He found the numbers online,

photos of the aircraft, its fuselage

narrow and windowless, a bone

sheared lengthwise. Then a video:

five in the crosshairs.

Infrared will make anything carrying heat

black. He thought, five black seeds

slipping along the dirt trail.

It made watching easier. One walked ahead

or four lagged behind, one

smaller than the rest, which he wished

he hadn't noticed. The explosion

looked like a black bouquet falling away

down the center of his monitor. …

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