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The First Small Place

Small Places Number 1: a poem

An overturned box
shelter

wet hands clap all
around, feel

faraway thunder
underground

ants call
“here, here,” ring me,

round the rosie
their first

hero, then dam the sanctuary!
 — leaks

flood the hoard — dear god,
all dead

trampled, unnoticed
in our escape.