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Sunday, January 09, 2005
There were worse ways to die
in Mexico, 1917,
than the way Fortino Samano died.

By special dispensation
of General �lvaro Obreg�n,
Agustin Casasola was allowed to
photograph the execution
as a mechanical reproduction
of the restoration of order.

A sentry ripped the hat from Samano's head
before the gunmen lined up.
Minutes later, two soldiers dragged the corpse
across the courtyard,
dropped it in a ditch

But Casasola was a revolutionary, too,
and Samano conspired to appear
positively jaunty, so that it is even said
that it was Samano who gave
the glorious order to shoot.
Blogger Tomohiro Idokoro comments:
First poem I've written in months. In doing a little research, I discovered there was actually a book of poetry by two French poets titled "Fortino Samano." Couldn't find any of the poems themselves.