POETRY: EXODUS

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All the while

huddled

in the safely peopled dark

watching this cine-epic of the Jews

this question

Having dispatched the enemy

(Who who)

booming to death in pieces

(in verandah tactics

I counsel the sudden bomb)

could I face without yelling

with or without background music

the single shot

from the battery of guns the tightening oily rope

just after a widescreen dawn some morning