the Celtic for tranquillityburden, bêtes de somme,
we are, have become,
beastsa warning, sommation,
summons, we did
what was demandedof us, a sum, en somme,
all in all, it all
comes down to this—a little snooze,
a nap, a doze, someoneelse’s history
Copyright © 2018 by Andrew Soye
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