what the boy saw

a sluggish snake of water in morass

black against vulgar green and very slow

the map names it broad river how i know


that is a lesson for another class

where you may ask about what lay below

a sluggish snake of water in morass


as dark and hostile as volcanic glass

but lacking any memory of glow

simple and steady in its westward flow

a sluggish snake of water in morass

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