Lithuania forest where Baltic Jews were murdered

papa legba
come

bundle
of branches

dead
when born

between
two rivers

across
rivers

legba
calls
out

farming
flesh

followed
by birds

caw
caw

cinder
smoke

brothers
running
through
field

in panic
recollect
running
through
woods

blood
covered
trees

oaks
weeping

papa legba
come

agitated

ripping

shredding
clothes

tearing
at torso
with your
long fingers

beating head
against
bark

beating
head
against
bark

watching
wolves behind trees
waiting

trees towering
howling

roaming
in remains
of animals

skinning
bodies
of
birds

skin
falling

shock
of winds

embracing
each other
legba

comfort
creatures

creatures
command

thread
fruits
through
thorax

dying
dangerously

since
start

scream
some

legba
cut
yourself
to

bone
to bone

break
each
every
one

figures
in feces

foretelling
what shadows
cannot

clouds
not consoling

but charnel

birds
batting
wings

fear
fully
legba papa
legba
take
another

name
of
beasts

name
of beast

shock
of winds

take
table into woods

count
creatures
gone

gone

from
here

carve figurines
for fear

color
fear
carefully

shock
of
winds

legba come

woods
in winter

can you
recollect

rat
you
ate
from plate

legba papa
legba

captive
to
legba's
clock & cane

sink head
under stream

wash

wash
away

be washed
away

wash
bones

crows
caw

papa
but
not for you

whatever
i is
in immersion

inundation

flood
of
flesh

trees
turning
into tunnels

legba
come

you
cannot

be
seen

but
your
breath

your
breath

Christopher Barnet

Christopher Barnet

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