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Plague Victims Catapulted Over Walls Into Besieged City by Thomas Lux

Plague Victims Catapulted Over Walls Into Besieged City


by Thomas Lux


Early germ

warfare. The dead

hurled this way look like wheels

in the sky. Look: there goes

Larry the Shoemaker, barefoot, over the wall,

and Mary Sausage Stuffer, see how she flies,

and the Hatter twins, both at once, soar

over the parapet, little Tommy's elbow bent

as if in a salute,

and his sister, Mathilde, she follows him,

arms outstretched, through the air,

just as she did

on earth.




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