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 Paul Ilechko
 Paul Ilechko
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Old British geezer in a tweed jacket and flat cap. My girlfriend thinks it looks elegant. When I'm not writing poetry or flaunting my sense more style, I ride very long distances on (one of) my bicycle(s).
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Issue 108 · poetry
free verse ·  
Thickly rooted, dangling rough and hairy, cordlike. 
The eldest more elephantine, maculate and rough,
planted. Inside the hollow, a cool darkness.
This is not one but many, a multitude surrounding 
and slowly murdering the gracious host.
There’s a life and death struggle occurring, but at a pace 
too slow to even notice for such short-lived creatures 
as we are. Step into the cavern, smell the dusty air.
All around you, silent violence as the vegetable 
kingdom wages war: death by strangulation. 


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