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Pima Road Notebook #1 by Keith Ekiss

20/09/2010

Bullet-Riddled Saguaro

By Keith Ekiss

The body appears diseased. Green

limbs amputated, like photographs

of children in war, mutilated,

burned alive. A body wants to die

but can’t: the roots still draw water.

The shotgun holes could house birds:

elf owl, cactus wren. An easy target,

the man can’t miss. Where one

stops to shoot another shoots,

fingering the trigger, surprised

each time how deeply it stands.

*

New Issues has recently published Keith Ekiss’ first book of poems, Pima Road Notebook. A series of poems from the collection has been selected by the author for The Owls site.

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