Conscripted

Got the government shanghai to fight
in our humanitarian war.
It sounds weird, but it’s true.

I’m pretty much needed,
like soul music on a sunny day.
Siva the Destroyer has a mouth and says,
“–“–well, those words get erased.

Faces defaced.
Monuments re-flattened.
Wind v. Anthill.
Twirling cars in fireballs.

Talk all you want of the phoenix,
I’ve never seen one turn
across the sky.

On the plus side,
surgery, the art and practice of it,
gets better all the time.

You can come back farther into life,
watch the body accept what
has been cut from it.

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