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The Litter Bearers.

THE LITTER BEARERS

   Glimpse of sun between purple storm clouds
   like the flash of a heel through a palanquin's
        silk curtains--

   when they postpone the Desire Roundtable
   because our guest speaker's sleeping one off in a baggage cart
   in New York or Denver or Albuquerque,

   maybe I'll throw that one out to the tenterhooked crowd--

   or the way your ankles cross
   at the small of my back, or how the tiger lilies
   tiger the ditches
      after a three-day rain--

   & to bring down the house, I'll bring up our trips to the north,
   when each night we huddle together

   as we witness the litter bearers carrying
        the slain body of Draco
   higher & higher into the dark sky, their scapulae
   like angels of bone heaved up against an ark
          built for one, just one.
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Author:Wagenaar, Mark
Publication:West Branch
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 22, 2009
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