The last to renounce
were his staring eyes.

Just before nightfall,
metal slabs attached
to his body to fight
the salty buoyancy,
stabbed with a meat
knife in the stomach
to prevent bloating,
they pushed him into
the ocean, his hands,
arms, feet, legs tied
tight, his head raised
before bowing to sink.

Above, below, he was
comforted by the stars.


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