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> 6. Chieftan Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
> Of tan with henna hackles,halt!
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  BANTAM IN PINE WOODS,  by Steven Wallace....

Chieftan Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
     Of tan with henna hackles, halt!

     Damned universal cock, as if the sun
     Was blackamoor to bear your blazing tail.

     Fat! Fat! Fat! Fat! I am the personal.
     Your world is you. I am my world.

     You ten-foot poet among inchlings. Fat!
     Begone! An inchling bristles in these pines,

     Bristles, and points their Appalachian tangs,
     And fears not portly Azcan nor his hoos.

It's a chicken.....er, rooster.
Leslie Keith Koller
Sikeston, Missouri

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