Another Steampunk

Gravestones

A luckless family. ‘ Died in Bengal,
a clockwork tiger’s prey.’ ‘Died clothes on fire
standing by a glass furnace.’ ‘Proved a liar
in Madagascar’s poison ritual

and died of it.’ ‘ Fell from enormous height
her airship tempest-torn.’ ‘Shot in the heart
a husband found her photographic art
had stolen love and soul.’ ‘Murdered by night

by radium bandits who left him aglow
with deadly salts.’ ‘ Blown into bits
by Zulu cannonade.’ ‘She lost her wits
breaking the spirit known as Wendigo’.

In their world, as in ours, the Empire’s spread
is red as blood and paid for with its dead.

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About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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4 Responses to Another Steampunk

  1. auroramama says:

    steampunk

    That’s marvelous, whether read as an index of fantastic adventures with unhappy endings or as indictment of colonialism.

  2. badger says:

    Very nice, thanks.

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