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TV Documentary
 
I could only stare
at those sharp brown
skeleton heads
 
those four long sticks
angling oddly out of
xylophone torsos
 
terrible shrunken
old wise men-
children
 
staring dully
at some white-fleshed photographer
who captured them
 
scraping pasty dole
from dirty wooden bowls
and slowly licking bones
 
Carolyne Butler
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