Thursday, February 11, 2010

Subversive


One day, not long after they had removed his tongue
and cut off his feet and hands,

the authorities found him
begging with his eyes.

That will not do,
they said;

oh, no . . .

that will not ( ) ( ) do . . .


(first publication)


Updates:
“Subversive” added to Poems, Slightly Used.

In the Forum: in praise of italics.

4 comments:

RUDHI - Chance said...

That remembers me the Leprasick beggars in India; some of them do it with eye's shine a light on you...

William Michaelian said...

Yes... thank you, Rudhi. I wasn’t thinking of that, but now I am....

Elisabeth said...

This is almost too unbearable to think about.

William Michaelian said...

Well, perhaps we shouldn’t. On the other hand, I guess it’s too late now.