Penultimatum

I put forth, in this document, only two demands
which are almost ultimatums.
I’m sending it to you now
to presage the ultimatum
which will be along shortly,
if these two demands are not
met: I want bowls,
a spoon by each, set up
on long empty tables
in front of empty chairs, chairs normally
occupied by war orphans,
empty because there are no more war orphans!
I want, also, diminished: amputations,
multiple, in partic.,
I’m almost demanding
the number of lost limbs
not exceed more than one, singular,
a one-limb limit! That’s all
I’m penultimating,
now. I hope you will please
consider these.
(It would be a start!)
Or: Oh, then, then will come the ultimatum.

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