Pixelated, on a clear day, a shovel may resemble
a rifle. A woman is always a civilian, by definition,
and data. And data (416-957 civilians
in Pakistan) will not be updated. The ability
to loiter for longer along the largely erased
border will further, we are certain,
American interests. We named a drone Hermes,
after Herma, Greek for: prop, heap of stones, boundary
marker. O mighty messenger of the gods (—Aeschylus),
bringer of good luck, guide and guardian (—Homer),
thief at the gates, watcher by night (—anon.),
give us the full leaked report without seeking
permission for entry. Hermes, you who protect
trade and travelers. God of transition, and poets.
From Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens by Corey Van Landingham. Used with the permission of Tupelo Press.