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Men were once a marine oddity,

mysterious sleek shapes, flat as canoes

hovering over the ocean floor

prepared to advance and attack foreign

vessels.

They were deterred by their own growth

silent and able,

creeping and naval. 3f58a3091dd2e6db8b5d049ddbc90603

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Manila Spine

Untangle the ratlines

cascading down your hair,

a rope to walk your spine

coccyx

tail

flimsy bone

bringing you upright,

arms out tight

eyes in the shrouds

looking up

when gravity pulled you down.

Flimsy bone

scrimshaw spine

marked by your miles

tangled in ratlines;

your hair, in the shrouds.

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