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  • I stood on the sidewalk, on one side of the gate.
    The sidewalk was made of brick pavers.
    On the other side of the lock, stood the test of time.

    What is being kept in, and what is being left out?
    Privacy and security are common fears.

    Manners are another form of lock.
    Politeness a gate that swings shut in the face of informality and casual prying.
    Or the new casual manners that say, “All is good,” become a lock and a gate.

    In conversations you can sometimes hear the moment when a land mine has been detonated.
    Do not move, ever again, and the explosion will not happen.
    But we have to move, release the demon underfoot and face it.

    Outside of the hospital I saw a man with two metal legs, visible clearly beneath his short trousers.
    He carried a flag and wore a veteran shirt.
    He was walking out of the double doors and away, head up and moving fast.
    Courage is walking out of the doors.
    Courage is walking in short pants.
    Courage is saying that,
    This is what is on the inside, just so all of you on the outside know.
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