Eagle

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Manolis Aligizakis
Canada

After the all-night feast wound down
and all stomachs were satisfied

sparrows woke to claim their share
sun rose to caress its horizon

while he sat amid drunkenness with the
gouge of a deep wound calling attention

and saying—lay me by the fire
and take off my clothes

I want nothing shielding me from his sharp talons

and suddenly an eagle flew above
crying his victory over the serpent

Manolis Aligizakis
Canada