We’ve found another body! Cut
to cleavage shots of fine young animal:
bare shoulders, swinging breasts,
definitely female. Adult, young,
still fertile. On her knees, undressing
bones; the mouth gapes and the skull,
turned sideways, concentrates
upon the probing knife.
Fade in the expert to explain
what is revealed: age
in the worn tooth. A woman,
by her pelvis. Cause of death?
A subject for some further tests.
Linger on the living now,
back in the ditch, tanned flesh,
strong legs. We learn so much
about a culture from the way it treats the body.
The way it is displayed for view
reveals the truth of what is valued.