Manifest Destiny (Infinite Loop)

~ erasure poem based on The First Voyage Round the World
Antonio Pigafetta, 1874


                  The inhabitants
                       declared that if God gave them life they would burn

all the idols they could find
                           wood,      concave or hollowed   arms
and legs spread out      feet turned upwards      large face    four very large
teeth like      a wild boar

                     in this island they bless the pig

                         two old women

             dance and sound the trumpets         saying several
things to the sun      The first 

                   directs the lance at the pig's heart

                                       a torch is       burning

                                    they get the hair off the pig
      Only     women are able to consecrate

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