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I have seen it happen

A face with fangs and gills

represents history and an angel

is beating the beast on the back

Both are made of marble

One is a dragon

Its head is flat

like the iron tanks

in muddy water

that drove the men into the Gulf of Tonkin.


In my experience

the angel with his wings up

is trying to kill the dragon of history

to prove that air

is stronger than the objects in it

and if he wasn't made of stone, he would.

from The Dragon of History

Fanny Howe

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