23 October 2007 | Vol. 7, No. 3

First Song of the Child Soldiers

Decamping Song

Here lies a bicycle. Here lies

A shoe. Here sand or ash or

Fingertips and from your Mama

Comes a tune; sound like water

Rising. Sing with us now:

Who rides bicycle?

Who wears a shoe?

No, we are north and south under

A copper sun soldiers not

Of paper—not who but

What and where and wore.

Here lies a mother

Tongue. Here lies

Your ear.

About the author:

Adrian Lurssen's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Fence, 580 Split, Five Fingers Review, and Word For/Word. Originally from South Africa, he lives in Northern California with his wife and children.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Adrian Lurssen at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 7, No. 3, where "First Song of the Child Soldiers" ran on October 23, 2007. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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