that series of photos I saw on TV of the one man he was pointing a gun at the temple of another man had he not pulled the trigger in that instance of the third frame each decision not arrived at holds a reality of its own had there been no effect to document on film to frame and reframe had there been no cause to arrive at the word war my father as the scholar instead of the soldier teaching his way towards an early retirement my mother says I would have been married in saigon settled with two children as for that man with the gun where would he be now as it is decisions arrived at somewhere in southern california he owns a restaurant I've written a poem