for Milan Kundera
This is your foreign correspondent,
Aristotle, for The Poetics,
reporting live from the Mediterranean
where the skulls and bones of a few Egyptians
crown the tradeships of His Majesty,
wave back and forth:
starfish — moons — Februaries.
To my right, our military advisor,
oversees operations at the Aztec/
where to the left of a stone no longer rising from water
a dove collects
its nest egg
upon the skeleton of a hummingbird.
To my left, our scribe-in-residence,
scribbles furiously to a mortgaged future
where the last rites of man
are delivered at the near-twin
births of the lyric and gunpowder.