LEGAL ACTIVITIES 1 & 2
Wake them up at the start of the night
and ask for dreams.
If they say they haven’t had any yet
because you’ve woken them up: slap.
If they start to cry, stroke their hair
until they think of their mothers. Then say
their mothers aren’t coming anymore.
If they rest their heads on their arms,
keep quiet for a long time. When they fall asleep,
wake them up and ask for dreams.
If they tell you their dreams, listen and explain
that such things do not exist. Then go to the order
of the day. Then start again from the beginning.
Put them in the exercise yard and make
the sound of a gunshot. Practise until
you can hit a slow pigeon in flight
just over their heads, and have them
bury the pigeon.
Or turn one over onto his back and draw an outline
on the mattress with a marker and make him stand up
to look at himself.
Ask them if the outline reminds them of anyone.
Ask them who.