It all starts with “forgetting” to buckle your seatbelt
Watching the rain fly past the windshield and wondering at what speed does a car need to be traveling to
Kill a person
The crushing of metal and glass and the feeling of being in midair
But your thoughts start out selfish, you wonder how it could be painless, how hard the impact would be to die quickly
Did you know that your blood is actually blue
It is only when it reaches oxygen that it turns scarlet
Fevers are running through me, consume me
Crushing metal, shattering glass, scarlet meeting pavement and glass
Maybe planes will fly into my house when everyone is at work
A tragic accident, dying so young
And that’s the sad part really.
You want to be a tragedy, so maybe when you stand by your grave there will be many people standing beside you.
And you obsess over death like you do anything else until paranoia consumes you
Until the only image you can see
Is your body kissing concrete.
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"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
I’m laying in bed wasted and maybe that was a bad idea.
Because I’m thinking about what I want, finally. For months now I’ve been thinking about what I don’t want, where I don’t want to be, what I don’t want to do, and finally I’m thinking about the exact opposite.