• Jenna Johnson

The Division of Wolfe

by Jenna Johnson

Inspired by "The Death of General Wolfe" (1770) by Benjamin West


Here lies the death of Wolfe

he, who was living, is now dead


surrounded by the soldiers

who kneel, who watch

his soul slowly slip from his lips


cocked sideways, a choked sad smile


half-parted, plump red flesh

more of a faint orange tint now


hid mind dangles helplessly between consciousness

and the clouds above that haunt and hover

that watch him wither away


death fights with his teeth and tongue

it mingles in the crevasses of Wolfe's throat

letting him drown in his vile saliva, open-mouthed


death rests in his mouth, then steals his last breath

in a sudden, velvety scream


Leaving his crimson suit behind

to fall into an outstretched embrace


limp and light, his body sits

while his mind floats like dust into the gray sky


to disappear like the rest

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