• Vol. 09
  • Chapter 06
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The Banned Russian Olympian

arrives at his own lake in the Gobi desert,
to lodge his solitary protest before the camera

with a selfie.
It is a pure lake

within the dead infernal
ancient lava-flow of the land.

And shortly after it is taken,
Five Ukrainian children will appear from nowhere,

joining him in a joyful game
of hula hoops.