It’s the shivering. When rage grows
hot as an army of red ants and forces
the mind to quiet the body, the quakes
emerge, sometimes just the knees,
but, at worst, through the hips, chest, neck
until, like a virus, slipping inside the lungs
and pulse, every ounce of strength tapped
to squeeze words from my taut lips,
his eyes scanning my car’s insides, my eyes,
my license, and as I answer the questions
3, 4, 5 times, my jaw tight as a vice,
his hand massaging the gun butt, I
imagine things I don’t want to
and inside beg this to end
before the shiver catches my
hands, and he sees,
and something happens. 
 
Ross Gay, “Pulled Over in Short Hills, NJ, 8:00 AM” from Against Which. Copyright © 2006 by Ross Gay.  Reprinted by permission of CavanKerry Press Ltd., cavankerrypress.org.

Source: Against Which(CavanKerry Press Ltd, 2006)

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