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Body Count

Body Count

A Poem by Alvin L. Kathembe

Of impalers and mass graves

"She's got a curvy little body 
And the cutest little pout 
She's got two thousand Facebook friends 
And Elizabeth Báthory's body count." 

"He's got an easy smile, potent with guile; 
See how he puts himself about! 
He's got two dozen Tinder matches 
And a Genghis Khan body count." 

Historians, sit around, counting 
The spoils of other people's lives 
Michal demands as dowry 
The foreskins of the Philistines

© 2015 Alvin L. Kathembe

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Interesting poem. First two verses reflect (for me,) the superficial ways of today, that only serve as a mask, beneath which nothing much about instinct and the human condition has really changed. We still have our impalers and our predators and the reference to Samuel 18:25 in the third stanza is quite inspirational. Better I suppose 100 foreskins than the heads of 600.

Great read T

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Alvin L. Kathembe
Alvin L. Kathembe

Nairobi, Kenya

I write for the mind...and if I touch your heart while I'm at it, I'll take it. more..