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Dry Tortuga, 1869

by: Coop Lee

shapeshifter, son drunk
& changing skins.
he digs up skeletons of a spanish battalion
buried
by tigers on the garden key.

suncresent
spray of blood & oranges.
new-fangled sailors once soaked
in madness.
now starvation.

the viking speaks:
limericks of new world poise.
his antler woven mask,
set nicely upon the shore.

seod, turtle lord
of space & time, appears once
every lunar eclipse, bound
by treatise to the jellyfish triumvirate.
his shepherd,
bolivar t. shagnasty, wanders
the mainland in search of water
or meat of trees.

kindness;
of men turns to dust & belly worms.
forgotten, the plants mutate
into root-rich empires
of fish & figurine.
million year armistice.

dr. samuel mudd,
shackled years to tide-slab &
fort jefferson. he
purifies the island of its yellow
shivering death.
hospital key.

fast forward hundred plus
through mudd lifeline:
battle weary sneakers,
spokes sung by strum of card, the bmx
stridden boy & his

teenage mutant ninja turtle mask.