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"The Lineage"- from The Ruby of the Universe
- Dan Lukiv

this poem is from The Ruby of the Universe. The title is taken from a line in the final poem, and all of them explore themes related to war. click here to read the others.


The Lineage

Assyrian jaw-hooks
In sundry bleeding;
Such fish
On a clothesline.

This march of joy,
This lineage of Nimrod--

Celebrated with wine
And roasted flesh
And laughter.

This was the day
Samson lost his eyes,
And the Waldenses their blood.

This was the day
Another Canaanite
Shot a bloody arrow
Through some man's
Liver.


Dan Lukiv is a writer, educator, and frequent contributor to canadian content.
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