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November hymnal (6) / Trench cello

November hymnal (6) / Trench cello

When the box was out of ammunition
someone now dead made a cello of it

and tuned it to the trenches as mud spilled
over the edges and they played elegies

for themselves in the space between concussions
listening for those who’d not hear their voices

again unless they were as lucky as that
ammunition box outliving its usefulness

and becoming song

DMCRCY

DMCRCY

So a year after we buried it it got right back up
Though we piled the dirt heavy for months on its corpse

It tore through the earth’s severed roots with a hand
(bigger even they say than the hand of the boss)

grasped the grave keeper’s ankle who throwing his cup
to the wisdom of stars fled over the wall. One or a million

or more maple leaves or simply a rustling stillness was stirred
and nobody spoke till they gave it its word