The crisis crown. black thorns piercing. for of
inviolate flesh a replica of flesh. dioramas of bodies.
lashed & stretched. trunk opened for reverence. in
the thickening. death of the compound. noun we
are. bones bleached to bear. wings of dried lungs.
paling the sovereign. for the world speech defies.
From Museum of the Americas (Penguin Books, 2018). Copyright © 2018 by J. Michael Martinez. Used with the permission of the author.
J. Michael Martinez
Date Published: 2018-09-13
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/executive-order