2082: Up From Stone

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Christina stands below Bridge 94
[never escaped raptorial bargees
on that route] – Diesel tuts pass –
Few are told of such defilements
on that cut [or espy her sculpted
form among to-be-pruned trees
& bristling nettles] – her flesh left
to bloat between a barge & bank
downstream beyond Stone Lock
where pints were sunk a century
before – no taut mooring ropes –
only a carved torso as a witness

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