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The War Ends

From: Prairie Schooner
Volume 87, Number 4, Winter 2013
p. 9 | 10.1353/psg.2013.0156

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Offstage, if it ends at all. No broken hydrants,
no tongue-kissing in the streets. It’s not often

I think fuck the classics but what passes for mercy
is Achilles finally offering up a tortured corpse.

All day the sky’s sitting its own shiva, grainy
groveling in place of cloud & everyone

I never knew is coming home. Last night
Hektor’s draggled body was the deer caught

& sideswiped on the coast road, mange tinseled,
only electric misfirings to keep the creature upright

though it tried to sit. Zip-tied prisoners do that.
We are so much smaller rage doesn’t end us

so much as make the suffering messier & more
easy to abide. But Homer doesn’t bother

with the lesser graces, the prayer of lineament
or Priam’s fingers gone catfish on the body of his son.

Stand at the roadside long enough you become
a dirge, a woman with a washcloth in her hand.

Elyse Fenton  

Elyse Fenton is the author of the poetry collection Clamor. She lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

Copyright © 2013 University of Nebraska Press
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