February 19, 2010

Docile Bodies

Mark Kerstetter

To keep their minds off their probable fates
the men were kept busy digging trenches and filling sandbags

which doesn’t work. A mindless repetitive activity is perfect
for obsessing on a single thought

Better to lie daydreaming

Oh—but that might lead to a thought followed
by another thought and soon a sequence of thoughts
before you know it you have a mutiny on your hands

Better to sandbag it

But let the men sit down
And put some drugs in the bags


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