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Angela Hume

from  “Second Story of Your Body”



In                                               operable.



Begin to                                     begin to           fray.



Outside, the social                     thickening
(when were we younger).


Botched train; struck


One everyday                            everyday


Freight of your
winged body.


of all your sins.


                                                  We the fatherless.





Rifted, we return from the new             hospital.


Once again, a neat                                          
barbarism                                              gone wrong.


Young jays ransack                                                     
the understory.


Pending trial.
Whose                                                   testimony.
Whose                                                   scrap of democracy.


Undoing the ascetic:                              nearly