tattered wings

in the tattered wings
of a coconut tree
the wind rages delirious
chatters like the mad rain
day and night night and day
dry tears of unfathomable pain
one thousand blades
prying off a soul
from a frail man's body

pain pain pain
more than sinew and bone can bear
taut twanging ball of nerves
cutting wrenching tearing
squeezing thirsty cupful
teardrops of blood-
dew to appease tomorrow's dawn

heaven birthing an angel
amid Earth's mourning

but why so violent? oh God, why
s o   v i o l e n t ?

(it was never suppose to be this way)

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