The fingered halo,
Punctuated by flesh-tension.
Built-for-dead ball bearings
In aching slumber:
A prison cell of imminent ejection.
Spread flash, smoke.
Reinforcement cache are
Shot patriots: the bold,
The brave and black.
Shot heathens: a flag of circled stars.
Shot religions and this nation’s
Forefathers: their very ghosts;
Tell me which one bled the most.