yizkor for old men

the mulberry bush,
the prickly pear,
the cockle shell
at three o’clock in the morning

(three o’clock in the morning)

when old men cough and curse
and pee again and again

at three o’clock in the morning

under the mulberry bush,
the prickly pear,
the cockle shell

the old church bell
the old church tower
the old men coughing and cursing

and climbing the tower
to toll the bell in the old church tower

in their sleep
under the mulberry bush,
the prickly pear,
the cockle shell

at three o’clock in the morning.

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