Wet Socks

 

Wet Socks:

April 4th and 5th, 2008


I got wet socks because

I was stuck outside in the rain without shoes because

My shoes fell off because

Some police officers were holding me too tightly and pulling because

I was linked with others in a circle around a cop car and because

I let my body go limp because

I had seen that done in a documentary about passive resistance at Berkley in the 60’s because

I romanticize resistance realistically because

Spanning time is romantically impossible because

Standing water is often poisonous because

Bacteria and parasites that threaten humans breed best there.


I got wet socks because

I was headed to the bar because

It was a friend’s birthday because

Several years ago his mother had birthed him because

She got knocked up, possibly because

She wanted a child.


I got wet socks because

On the way to this birthday at the bar I got arrested because

My friend had been arrested because

She had been concerned about the safety of some other friends because

The fire department had shown up because

One of our friends had started a bonfire because

He wanted to get some attention because

There was a construction project that was a waste of money because

It was unnecessary and because

It wouldn’t accommodate trolley busses or bicycles and because

It was dangerous for late-night sexual violence and because

It would raise the price of real estate in the area because

It was replacing a public grassy space with shopping and private residences or because

Bonfires are wild.


I got wet socks because

When my friend was arrested people made a chain of bodies around her because

They thought that would stop the police from taking her away and because

They believed that she shouldn’t be arrested because

When she went to talk to the fire department because

She was concerned and wanted to ask if they were going to use their hose for crowd control because

She had heard of that happening before, she was sprayed, knocked to the ground, and held with her face in a dirty puddle, cuffed, and because

Things didn’t need to escalate because

The police don’t want to do too much paper work and because

We wanted to go home, not to jail.


I got wet socks because

When my friend was arrested and people linked their arms around her, the police let her free but amidst the kafuffle arrested another guy who went by “Icarus” who believes that police should have to do meditation training because

It will help them deal with high-stress situations without reacting impulsively and unjustly because

Their impulses can be violent and can hardly be questioned because

We invest in them with guns and power because

We value safety over freedom because

We exist in tension with others.


I got wet socks because

When Icarus was arrested we linked arms around the police car he was put into because

This tactic had worked to get our first friend un-arrested and because

Icarus had been arrested for assaulting a cop but because

Icarus had not assaulted a cop, we still didn’t want things to escalate.


I got wet socks because

After over 24 hours in jail at Main and Hastings in a cell with a silent man, in a cell with a jolly and angry mumbling mentally-troubled middle-aged man, in a cell with a junkie who was coming down off of a several hundred dollar-a-day heroine habit, I was the last one of the nineteen students arrested to work out my bail agreement because

Everything’s so arbitrary.


I got wet socks because

As I was released, I got my possessions back but no shoes because

When they had fallen off because

Of the police’s pulling and because

Of my own resistance, they had gone missing because

No one thought to pick them up because

I’m the only one who really cares about my shoes and I wasn’t there to save them because

I was in the back of a paddy wagon with zip-ties tied too tightly around my wrists behind my back because

“I had obstructed a peace officer.”


I got wet socks because

When I left jail, I had no shoes and it was raining because

It rains a lot in Vancouver because

The water vapour that condenses into clouds often gets too heavy and big.


I got wet socks because

Bacteria and parasites that threaten humans breed best there.

I got wet socks because

She wanted a child.

I got wet socks because

Bonfires are wild.

I got wet socks because

We wanted to go home, not to jail.

I got wet socks because

We exist in tension with others.

I got wet socks because

Icarus had not assaulted a cop, we still didn’t want things to escalate.

I got wet socks because

Everything’s so arbitrary.

I got wet socks because

“I had obstructed a peace officer.”

I got wet socks because

The water vapour that condenses into clouds often gets too heavy and big.

I got wet socks because

My socks got wet.



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