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and Pierre?


With his ripe face like one of those pale freckled pears
you hold in your hand and his mind shuddering across it

like a bruise hes legible to all the world. With his great legs,
broad and strong as the trees, he walks in and out of chapters

smelling of eau de cologne, or an animal that sleeps in a barn.
With his long fingers running across the stubble on his jaw,

he listens to the black Russian rain before he picks up his pen.
With his eyes so blue youd think hed drunk the sky down

with all that champagne, he watches the soldiers (red epaulettes
and high boots) drag that boy to the place where they shoot him.

He watches the boy pull his loose coat tight before he sags and slides
down the post. And when its all over, he watches them roll him

gently into the hole with the others and before he can look away,
he sees, there in the earth, the boys shoulder still moving.


Laura Scott

PN Review

March / April 2017


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