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  • Grabbing the trunk with a pair of massive
    hands & tapping separately each of his huge
    flat feet the Dominican begins the ascent
    pulling himself skyward toward treasure
    buried in giant green leaves

    Squeezing between central cores of upper
    branches & sliding the machete from his mouth
    the singular well-placed blow descends
    coconut milk & meat

    From thirty-five feet he leaps to the crux
    & on two great wings of palm bending earthward
    touches down with the same nonchalant look
    some Canadian gleaning a clandestine bough
    between country apple orchards
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