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Drought Palace | Poem


Drought Palace
Aspen gold borders forest fire brown,
Drought pattern on mountains where
Bears grow a sparse-acorn generation
Small, like my cousins, who ate acorns
Too, in a Polish forest, hiding from Nazis.

Did Tigris grow up a Baghdad because the
Euphrates abandoned Babylon?  What happens
To the courtiers and their house slaves when
The World Corporate Empire abandons its
Dollar-dry American palace for a eurocafé?

- Uncle River

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