25 October 2007 | Vol. 7, No. 3

Fourth Song of the Child Soldiers

Song for Hunting Herd of Gnus, Illustrated

Case of ditto for eating meat.

Copper rings for arms and

Above the knee. Arm rings

Made from Elephant's teeth.

Ditto ditto for eating meat.

Horn for holding grease.

Many rings united.

Ear plates, ear rings,

Case of ditto and whistle dice.

Pick axe for digging.

Needle and case. Necklace

And breastplates. Spears

Made from Elephant's teeth.

Ditto ditto for copper rings

And whistle dice for eating meat.

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 "Fourth Song of the Child Soldiers" ran on October 25, 2007. List other work with these same labels: poetry, editors' select.

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