The Iceman – by Carol Folsom

 

In Bolzano, Italy
a 5,000 year old man
preserved by the frozen Alps

now lies in a museum
where the sun showers
pink and gold on the Dolomites

his corpse in a transparent cooler
dried and shrunk
like an overcooked chicken

61 tattoos
on his thigh
back, legs, wrist

tribal loyalty
or rites of initiation
or maybe just to beautify

art everlasting
a canvas of skin
a language
we still speak

 

 

 

Carol is an attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. Her work has appeared in Belle Reve Journal, Talking Writing, On the Veranda, Cradle Songs, Three Minus One, Everyday Fiction, and Flashlight Memories.

 

 

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