This is more like what really happened.
A quick interrogation on the tube
and I’m in an olive drab room
with a stark Van Gogh type table
separating me from a moustache and goatee
in a South American military uniform
who wants to question the questions.
‘What’ is the most
diverse and controversial,
It has an all-encompassing grasp.
‘Where’ is usually more
specific, but can seem infinite
in scope as an unknown.
‘When’ requires an understanding
of time as a concept,
which we all pretend but few achieve.
The commandant wants to get back
to the original quiz – It’s 11PM –
Do you know where your children are?
Their location being the obvious
open-ended, the ‘where’ –
but the underlying, between-the-lines –
‘what’ constitutes my children
and ‘what’ difference is it
that it happens to be 11PM?
Actually, it’s 10PM.
Tony snaps me back
to bingeing the “Sopranos”
and realizing that ‘how’ and ‘why’
are probably more involved and will have to wait
until the next commercial.