Treasure Island

Alan Dugan

(12 February 1923 - 3 September 2003 / New York City, New York)

Fabrication Of Ancestors

For old Billy Dugan, shot in the ass in the Civil War, my father said.

The old wound in my ass
has opened up again, but I
am past the prodigies
of youth’s campaigns, and weep
where I used to laugh
in war’s red humors, half
in love with silly-assed pains

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