A Roman Burial

in him those brave
translunary things

Michael Drayton

1. Police Report

Not the hustler,
a boy you’d loved—the Roman
convicted of your murder

on the beaches of Ostia.
Or Maria Callas singing,
Ecco il velen di Laura. . .

It was the stolen film rolls,
and the Mafia, discreetly
extorting you, Pier Paolo, for Saló

2. Post-Mortem

A pipe; smashed testicles.
Run over by my own car—
my carcass, a receptacle

on fire. What a lonely bastard

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