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Sarracino, Carmine, 1944- / The heart of war
(2004)

Bad dreams,   pp. 33-36


Page 34


2.
Those blue shirts he sent....
Did Pete ever receive? No word.
Not a letter. Not one visit.
Walt feels his face flush,
a fist clench his stomach.
"Mrs. D.!" he calls.
Too weak for these old fits!
What excess!
Morbid excess!
He pushes the robe half off,
removes the grey slouch hat,
and rocks, rocks. ...
Until his breath is even
he rocks.
When he opens his eyes-
there stands Pete!
Beside the wood stove,
cap tilted on his head,
jaunty, the impish smile!
Wearing the blue overshirt,
with black kerchief at the neck,
just as Walt suggested!
Doyle!
Walt raises his arms
and Pete's shirt opens-
intestines tangle out!-
His belly split with a wound,
maggoty, putrid. . . Walt gags-
starts-awakens-gags again. . .
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