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Hart Island burials

Bury my body in Hart Island

Paired with my fellow pariahs

Silenced by the media


If allowed to speak

We are not heard


If we are heard

It is by a few dismissive ears


“Let us agree to disagree”

By which they mean

“Let me ignore your words,

While I return to the congratulations

Of my unthinking throng.”

We return to our disrespective societies,

Which shovel our souls away from their minds,



Should our bodies be any differently disposed?

Shoveled away to this ironic place

Disposed without a care.

A scion of the Sherman and Delano families, C. P. Klapper comes from a long history of New England Communist Republicanism.

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