Tell It to the Marines

Now they want students
to report the extremist beliefs
and “at-risk behaviors and activities”
of their schoolmates

Of those engaged
in the writing of “stories,
diaries, journals, essays, poems”
or “letters’ and “songs”

Of those going
their own sweet way
“in unaccountable time
and unobservable space”

Of the terrorist-by-definition
radicals and political protestors
ecology and animal rights advocates
in their imperiled midst.

Jon Taylor lives in Nashville, TN. He can be reached at Read other articles by Jon.