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The ants came   
to investigate   
the dead
bull snake,   
nibbled
at the viscera   
and hurried off   
with full mouths   
waving wild   
antenae.

Moths alighted,   
beetles swarmed,   
flies buzzed
in the stomach.

Three crows   
tugged and tore   
and flew off
to their oak tree
with the skin.

In every house
men, women and children   
were chewing beef.

Who was it said
“The wonder of the world   
is its comprehensibility”?

Carl Rakosi, “Poem” from The Collected Poems of Carl Rakosi (Orono: The National Poetry Foundation, 1986). Copyright © 1986 by Carl Rakosi. Reprinted with the permission of Marilyn J. Kane.
Source: The Collected Poems of Carl Rakosi (National Poetry Foundation, 1986)
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