Facing Pages
by Margaret A. Robinson

Blood streaked skin --
thin arms of a red-headed
woman sitting by
a stretcher holding
the hand of an injured
person -- each photo's
worse -- three dust-covered
workers hold
hands in a dirt cloud so thick
they can't breathe or see

models with clean hair --
flawless skin enhanced by
cosmetics, running shoes --
supple jackets --
in computers the very latest --
wrists streaked by
perfume, sleek bodies -- male or
female -- oh my, breathless riches
to simply die for.

________based on PEOPLE MAGAZINE,
________September 2001

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