Kilometers of dusk went on strike.
That part of the sky went straight from day to night.
A spider spun a web spanning the vacancy
and tried to pull dusk together.
It succeeded in stretching dusk a few meters
then asked for a payment of five blue bottle flies.
None of this would have happened
if the promised land was not constricted with barbwire.
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