Academic journal article Field

A Common Misperception

Academic journal article Field

A Common Misperception

Article excerpt

It's quiet like that. Bucolic.

Looks like nothing's going wrong anywhere at all.

Bare trees rocking back and forth. Three crows

chasing an owl across the field into the woods.

Yesterday, men appeared at the top of the drive-

rifles, orange vests, big boots, at the same moment

dog ran at them barking and a 350 ton C-5 Air Force

cargo plane grazed us all. Its 200 foot wingspan at tree top,

the noise of it making each of us hold his or her

breath for a moment. Dog didn't bite the men.

Men didn't shoot dog; plane didn't crash.

Of course they were puzzled by the woman shouting

from the doorway of the house.

I wasn't shouting. I was swearing. At dog. At men

with rifles. Cargo planes. Forest. One week after

San Bernardino. The inexplicable mother and father.

It gets confusing. Which was which. When and where.

We heard the shots. Saw someone fall. The plane.

Boots on the ground. …

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