Dokuya: Poisoned Arrow

Natasha Marin

A Haitian woman returns home
to find curdled bodies drawing flies.
Among the gangrenous body parts—her sister's hands.

Ten thousand bodies decompose
beneath the rocks. They don't make a sound
and no one is listening.

A man like Jesus is naked except
for a towel. The ground under his body
is streaked with blood and still quakes.

Before administering the anesthesia,
her sister's eyes look up with a question:
but her mouth doesn't move as her hands are taken.

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