Shock and Awe, Iraq, 2003
Below the storm, stood blind 
bodies inside the yellow cloud. But the eyes 
of the bombs saw inside the cloud into
the dark intentions of the bodies.  

Like, if you slit a fish
longitudinally and place its seamed 
belly across a plate, any radioactive
tissue will expose on film: cells forgetting

themselves, blinking 
gold gold gold.  Like the tainted
thistle diving its roots 20 feet down
sucking strontium-90 and cesium;
in it came through the hollow
throat of the plant: in came the soil’s 
dark drink.  How they snipped off its
seeding head.  These are those
people these are those
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