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October 11, 2013


pillageStones. We had to deprive them of stones.

Clearing the paths to the village, we sent

the old men and the children home. Flowers.

No one could ever raise a yard of color.

Our machetes went to work. The women wept

when they saw how sweat beaded our brows.

The river flowed, now as fast as stories told

of loss of face. How could they smile toothily

at one another, even when mornings promised

our departure? How can they look one another

in the eye, thump breasts and shoulders, suckle

from mothers? Their mountains were as forlorn.

Without stones, without flowers. But that is how

wars are won and dark souls are remembered.

So said our generals, who always knew better.

We had to suck away their spirit, leave no chance

for rebirth of courage. We took away all their stones,

the polish of their dreams. We buried the love

that made them strong. We burned all buds and flowers.

Now there are no heroes even in their bravest songs.

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2 Comments on “Pillage”

  • Cesar Aquino says October 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    A Southeast Asian feel to it. A touch of grittiness.

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