Egregiously - Poem by James McLain
They were thus 'Egregiously' so
it long has been held.before.
Other things and other things
only of which.
Each stone would know, and
knowing it was thus.
Before the rivers flowed.
Laid out now, bloodied and as
she was, she was not as you now
The rivers flowed and flowing as
they never have,
the rivers flowed before.
It is now before that day and in
and in within
each hand held, therein the stones.
Egregiously each stone Egregiously
was squeezed and rubbed, together
like none had been before.
The rivers covered that which is and
that which is now covered
uncovered once again now laid bare.
Each camel tethered and secure, head
down in sleep
and stealthy the soft wind did cover her
feet as her foot prints,
she left behind were covered and filled.
Thinking not for they all hungered, thirsty
she did that
and in the doing of that the camels made
Her hands and warmth familiar-as they slept.
Being discovered only as the rest continued
to blow away
as sticks and as she stayed so filled and full.
She was not in appearance, being milky pale.
and Egregiously and they were so now
and being Egregiously
deprived of what was theirs for all to share
and the stones were found within her hands
that laid her out
and bound untill she replaced it all
that she had taken it and she did not appear
to be Egregiously wanting, as both the rivers
began to flow again.
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