A white pill vacuum-sealed in silver; The wrapper glints at the bottom of the backpack. Bite it in half. Only take half.
Two gas masks hang limp from a nail, Two masks for four people.
Only ten minutes away In a parking lot Sits the black car.
A herd of children descends stone steps,
Then they are a huddled mass in a basement.
Wait till your name is called.
Released into the congested highway Like blood refusing to circulate.
This is only a test.