Epitaph

by

Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo



To Uncle Patricio. In memoriam.


Extremities

Fingers

Feet

Legs

Thighs

Buttocks.


Trunk

Hips

Abdomen

Belly

Ribs

Arms

Hands

Fingers.


Head

Neck

Mouth

Teeth

Eyes

Nose

Face

Hair.

And everything else:

A man

With a penis

With some

A heart

And everything else...


An accurate shot ...

Nothing,

Nothing more.

That's a corpse.

Dead. Land.

Tender earth and worms.

He was a man ...


(1973)



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