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

wearing what was a modern jacket
polyester, blue
snagged in a war that through centuries droned

who’d been caught in the tales of actors
unmoved by heaps of bones

Jim Culleny