Swollen Bones


rest my foot on your grave

you and hundreds like you

cleared this plateau

with saw and axe


bones beneath me

swollen by labour

bulges of muscle long gone

and how the praise

fell to you

like shaken leaves

from the axe


ninety years later

I curse you!

That giant forest disappeared

but for this fragment behind the cemetery


treachery, outrage

as we shake our heads

upturning pasture

planting rainforest trees

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