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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Dwyer Jones


Mao's Ear

It was my job to take fresh shots
Of the Great Helmsman's ears
Hot from a rally
Examine them minutely with a loupe
And decide whether the true Mao or
Mao's double was present that day.

We mapped the hills and valleys of Mao's ear
From photographs
We were deep into the earwax of a dictator
Who killed 50 million of his subjects
While we examined the authenticity of his
Auditory organs.