Thursday, August 04, 2005

Man, The Tool Maker

The interrogation proceded with a sledgehammer
handle, wieldier without the heavy head and more
suitable for repeated application.
Why the soldier had a sledgehammer,
and whether he kept both hands on the handle
in accord with its design, is not noted.
About the inspiration behind another tool the report is more
forthcoming: the soldier's older brother had,
as a child, closed him up in a sleeping bag
and he had found it scary.
Whether the man inside the bag
had been informed he was about to be
questioned with a sledgehammer
handle, the report also does not make clear.

(See here and here and here and here.)

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Blogger The Modesto Kid said...

Rilkefan, this is a really nice poem. I was meaning to mention yesterday when I first read it. I've been recommending it to people ever since.

4/8/05 18:27  
Blogger The Modesto Kid said...

(I am Jeremy Osner whose name you may know from Obsidian Wings.)

4/8/05 18:28  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Oh yeah, hey. It came out of the linked OW thread, specifically this comment. I'm thinking about it more as a spontaneous outburst of emotion in short lines than as a poem for the moment, but then it's often hard to tell the difference. Anyway, thanks.

4/8/05 19:02  
Blogger The Modesto Kid said...

Well {x: x is a "spontaneous outburst of emotion in short lines"} is a subset of {x: x is a poem} -- so it seems fine to call this a poem. My 2cents anyways.

4/8/05 19:27  

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