Opaqueness of atmosphere; bath curtain
suddenly filming the car windshield.

The difference between ulap, dagim, 
ambon—cloud, rain cloud, fine mist. 

Whatever the cause, a swerve can be
frightening, confounding. We live 

in a city at least three feet below sea
level. Car dealers insist on dipping 

vehicles in giant tubs of undercoating.
That pricey haze of protection, that coat

or screen. Cunning little openings 
through which a potentially lethal 

intention could still burrow. Just taste
the air. Test the way it holds you:

whether it lets you. Warns you;
makes you arm yourself. 

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