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[The Battle of] Alesia

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[The Battle of] Alesia

starvation starts with a body 
to fill the cavernous
hollows formed by
out-jutting ribs and Ethiopian
belly:
      thin but distended

a body to warm the concussed
and frightened;
the
meadow lark lying still
on the dew soaked morn
grass
      hidden but yellow

                unnoticed
and asleep
            three hours. alone.

silent in the reeds
while the snake rustles: sneaking
uneventfully
through a downy, Moorish fog

father in the rocking chair
watching four, unaware
of his vacant, vaulted cathedral gut
shrinking, sinking - sewn up shut.

starvation always starts with a body.

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