This is not a document of barbarism, we said
but the weather was fine
and the girls/women were in swimsuit ads
or at least we thought
they were, but from our position on the dirty
parterre, really all
that could be seen were the fibrous wires
holding everything together.
Those fibrous wires, they said, are surely but
chainlinks in a larger
fence, but the goods, tainted as they were, couldn’t be
sold, so we didn’t reply.
A new start, really, was all we were looking for
and our study of homiletics
definitely contributed to that, though the inbreaking
So what, you might say, as they did, there’s nothing
new under the sun,
which, anyway, was gone from its hegemonic position.
Meanwhile, on the parterre,
the tulips were thoroughly roasted. Odoriferous, we
laughed and held our noses.
Everything vegetates, this is known. The cycle of nature,
we said, remains unbroken.
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