Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

Two Found Poems In 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

'I believe
that I could walk up
to the mill and
knock on the door and

I would be welcome
except that they have orders
to challenge all travelers
and ask to see their papers.

It is only orders
that come between us.
Those men
are not fascists.

I call them so, but
they are not.
They are poor men,
as we are.'

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

'...he is finished
and as ended
as a boar
that has been altered.

...when the altering
has been accopmlished
and the squealing
is over

you cast
the two stones away
and the boar,
that is a boar no longer,

goes snounting
and rooting
up to them
and eats them.'

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011

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