By AL YOUNG ABJECT CRUELTY in memory of Ai (1947-2010) 86 Who’d think your take on cruelty would pale or shrink or shrivel? On fickle YouTube now beheadings steal headlines, while drones just kill. Routinely we wipe out our own, the lives and life we think we own, control and prune; the way we treat cash crops that profit us. Our imf, our gmo, our grizzly wto; rulers by whom we measure jumbo payback. Returns? What do we get? State what’s at stake? In poems you ask a trigger-happy cop and heads of state what mercy means to them. They never answer. We will. Let’s ask again: Who’d think your take on cruelty would pale or shrink or shrivel? Ai, you knew.