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Heat leaves place and bones

as summer fades on his skin
slowly the dirt shows places
unrubbed by clothing

hands banded in shades
of brown down to black
arcs on pearly cracked
shells hanging decor
on twigs.


hair like grey brown
planks over a greyer
neck . a sag of
knowing parts
hooked into
sandy shoulders

a tattered hat completes
a storm shipwreck effect.
under this a
treasure chest:

casket coopered with
copper ribs. nothing
unlocked. double
barred by arms
that should be,
reaching out.

poles for his lament of
need
cardboard sign
not well
shelter
please
thank you

No.

Those sticks
buttress his chest
instead.
fatless gristle grubby
fabric
both

defenders of heart
and
tinder for hearth
pity is heat.

he is cold. summer heat has faded.
to look at him chills.
powderless snowblindness
of the crowd
slipping by

his feet

bare feet of the beach
here now
taking on the colour
of the concrete

under his summer
beach towel fading
and bared in the
last of today's sun

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