In Italy, the caribinieri are acting as local cops
and carrying guns for the local mob : they get to
call attention to distress. I love the system best.
The leader of the local council has written a free
book, entitled, 'How to Lamb's Wool a Local Corpse.'
It's free verse, yes, and he claims he's a local poet.
People come from everywhere to listen to him
recite. Page, line and number too. They mouth the
words from memory. The cops will prod them
when it is time for true applause.
(Such a knuckles-down venture
would give me pause).