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Feb 16
The slavehand burns the leaves, though the bodies of soldiers
Lie at heaven’s impasse in the trees of dying looks, barring them
From peaceful death, the sad emulsified perch of love and heat,
Hung at noon like John Brown untended, bearded of sticky summer,
Heavy-headed swinging noon and the smell of honeysuckle blood,
Fetid day like the coming dirt of graves, the clinging air of disease,
Snake-winding down from the trees with no pleasure of the bitten apple.
Chris Saitta
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Chris Saitta  49/M/Virginia
       M-E, Santita, Fawn, Lori Jones McCaffery, Perry and 6 others
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