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This poem is taken from PN Review 104, Volume 21 Number 6, July - August 1995.

The Coming of the West I and II Adam Schwartzman


I
Ladies, tussling through
evening colours, double-took:
Looking up the welder
missed the last ring
sliding down the blue flame

of his oxy-acetylene blade:
In the estuary the small boy
spearing flat-fish almost lost his foot.
The watchman thought
he'd better call the king,

who was mulling over the news
which he'd already got,
though his wise-man's dream
prophesying 'encroachment
from the sea' had lied:

As the day went by
they saw that the black marks
...


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