The Iowa Review - - NEWS - Sam sax

of course when the plague came those who could left the city

the wealthy bur­dened their horses with pre­cious stones & dead flow­ers. —left their houses bolted & prayed for

while gone they bur­dened their chil­dren with sto­ries of a homeland be­fore it’d fallen into the teeth of rats

with the doc­tors gone any­one who wanted could treat the sick how they wanted

wear a bird mask dark cloak & a cane to prod the abra­sions dev­il­ing across the suf­fer­ings’ backs

it’s an old story, one world ends & a man gets rich sell­ing the cop­per wire in the walls

an­other flips a quar­ter & buys the flooded neigh­bor­hood

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