The politicians daren't touch the shovels now, nor the scissors. The ceremonial toss of earth and snip of ribbon is a risky endeavour now, with the snipers.
All sorts of armed people, old and young, informal and well educated, they induct a ceremony of their own: democracy. Over the internet and at gunpoint, talking over tea, on the telephone, the street.
We build things now, on our own. Some of us wear ties. We wear the ribbons in our hair, and the earth upon our cheeks.
We’re rebuilding our cities, guns on hips.
You're one of us, did you know?
Author bio: Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in southern California and is the author of three novels. A member of the Horror Writers Association, he is proud to have been born in the Carter Administration. You can find him at www.robindunn.com.
Reopening is part of 101 Fiction issue 1.