Hour 23 of 24

stromboli caged
the shell of
a boy-

to feed crowds spilling
over like tongues
to a drink

parading him,
as clown,

poked at
wounded wings

to make him
sing,

but come dim
dawning
cast,

last stage
hand
out

found puppet master
hanging from
a string
and

shrugged as he
walked
out.