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Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 06:38 pm

Jacqueline Jackson 2-24-05

sciencepoem #2

bleeding, I lie here in a crevice
it is snowing
5500 years from now
there will be a thaw

someone will find me
experts will keep me frozen
in a laboratory they’ll
catalogue my clothing
study my weapons
learn from the grass in my shoes
the season I lined them
they’ll examine the lunch
in my carrying pouch
analyze the contents of my belly
seek parasites in my gut
they’ll x-ray and ct scan me
extract my dna
assess my age and
advance theories as to why
I lay down to die
they’ll write books about me
post photos on the net
like hyenas at a kill
they’ll quarrel over
who owns me

it will be four years
before they notice
the arrowhead in my spine

© Jacqueline Jackson 2005

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