the long river blade

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it shook her
to realise the appearance
of the boat in the dim distance
meant soon
a man would arrive
and this would mean
a change in demeanour.

she put aside
her barbed wire knitting post
and sat up straight
the time to begin counting
had begun

one he would stand on deck
two she would draw her knife
three he would laugh and stroke his gun
four she would wink
five he would grin
the wink was not for him
six shipmate Lucy, a strong girl, would drop the sand bag
directly on his head
seven his neck would snap.

there was the water
to engulf his corpse
there was the land upon which the ship would yield
there was the sunset
into which they would both travel
Lucy and herself
til death do they part.