the grain swirled in bright glass, he swirled

in grain over his head. they found him

when the barrels drained.

a pier bar, The Slanted, leaned. creaks

complemented clinks.

he leaned. or had.

red driftwoods hulled murmuring

of the womb. he thought it sad.

 

licked awake by a dog, slumped in sand

of a cold beach in strings of seaweed,

—you are not a dog he told it,

& it went. on his hands and knees

placed in gesture of loyalty,

pledged when overtaken, kneeled

beknighted, or in vomiting,

heaves.

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