Claws & Teeth

They strip the animal clean
what they don’t eat
they drop back into the sea
her roar carries the bones east
shuffling the jaw and ribs
when it finally lands on the shore
the children shout “we can make it new again”
“we can make it move and grind again”
so they rebuild it with their buckets and shovels
small hands pile on the flesh
and as the monster begins to blink and breath
we kill it again
spearing holes into its chest
watch as the waves carry it away
setting the beast free again.


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