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the stone was matter-of-fact
lying on the cobbled beach

the aim had been Lesbos, fleeing from
a Syrian field of woe

the corpses were matter-of-fact too
lying on the cobbled beach,
on a beach of stones

a four-year-old given not even his prime
—nowhere near his prime, lying with his
slightly older brother dead on the stony beach
on an Aegean beach of stones

contemporary jacket, polyester, blue
snagged in war which through centuries droned
caught in the tales of actors unmoved
by heaps of bones


Jim Culleny