Snake Eats Crocodile

“There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone”
—W. H. Auden
I cannot recall a single case in history of an intervention
without a single shot being fired and with no human casualties.”
—Vladimir Putin


This is a long death bending the sawgrass,

spoiling in the mire and peat of the lake

two chthonic deities of Creation

who make us feel, watching them, we’ve escaped,

are safe enough from harm to feel privileged

the way a storm having passed us over

collects the landscape into one flat, leaden sky.

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