At war

I sit down
in my country that is now constantly at war
Afghanistan
Iraq
ISIS
I sit down
in my country that is now constantly at war
The Roman Empire
Orwell’s Oceania
I sit down
with a rosehip and hibiscus tea
clear and red in a mug printed with a green hippo
I sit down
with a piece of white Vienna toast
spread with Living Earth organic cashew coconut cream
I sit down
on a black leather three-seater couch
my bare feet on the dense pile of a red acrylic rug
an embroidered cushion at my back
I
a woman
not far from fifty
in a blue linen tunic
and green cotton pants
on a Sunday afternoon
having cleaned the bathroom fixtures and vacuumed the floors
take up my black Lenovo ultrabook
sit down
and enter my password
in my country that is now constantly at war

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