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Bodhisattvas All


The true descendants, bodhisattvas all

lurking in the boroughs

brothers of the far under world

with final failing spasms claiming

their sainthood with grey stubble

and purple lipped protest

the breath of a garbage dump

pocked and twisted blood busted faces

can’t catch no freights

with rusted bones watching helplessly

as their friends fail to stand

Lives in default

each with a story, each with a name

bodhisattvas all.



[Originally published in NHS 1997, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs97/index.html#47.]