I don’t feel like I’m leaving the place. I feel the place is leaving me. We want to help countries, but we don't want to be stuck in their conflicts forever. The window of opportunity to escape is about 13-16 seconds. You have to have a bit of an attitude to pull it off. It’s one of those things you’re not supposed to do. I see teenagers and young, cool-looking guys doing it. Now everyone is running after gold. The government is bankrupt. Everyone is bankrupt. On its face, it’s extremely suspicious. They’re calling on all those who can to help. The island has sunk, but it’s still there, just beneath the waves, stranded between one act and another.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Loser's Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry.