ABANDON LAND

by Mark Phillips
 

Last night I went to Africa
with a lioness
stripped a gazelle
 

and when they ran out of burlap
they used camel hair
to pack the bones
 

and when they ran out of camel hair
I was there
wrapped in cool plaster
 

set in the tall grass
the warrior king
with a scratch on my face as proof   
 

Poem copyright 1994 by Mark Phillips
 

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