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The Work They Do They Do At Night
They will come in great happiness
To our distributions of millet.
They will come to the millet and be glad.
Some are blackened, some stumble, some sing.
They lap at our wine jars, the ewers still warm
From their hands. I know a hand
Whose stain crushed the wine
And bathing won’t remove it—
The lancet, the lancet’s begetter
Perv that turns in the bed of the lord he serves
A sweet balm broken, applied to skin
The doctor, the doctor’s assistant
New louts burning holes in the stays.
I see pluts return from the bad world every day,
Shut fields to plebes and feed them.
They shouldn’t bother—we pass here for others
Who turn in their sleep on the heather
After taking night’s theater,
The theater’s owners. Who owns you,
Purveyors of chaos? Who owns the chorus
That brings you your tunes? We don’t
Know their names in any of the harbors.
What keeps them making our boats?