A Canticle for Leibowitz Chapter 23
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- The Poet lies hot, thirsty, and dying by the roadside, while an officer screams nearby for his mother.
- "How in the world did I get into this fix?" the Poet wonders. He'd been hiding from the battle, because he thought that it wasn't his battle.
- Then he saw this officer hacking away at a woman, and the Poet leapt from his hiding spot to stab him three times.
- The officer's fellow soldiers did not take kindly to that, and now the Poet is digesting a bullet.
- Of course, the officer isn't doing too hot either. He pleads for God.
- The Poet drags himself toward the officer. Pretending to be a priest, he blesses the man before ending his life.
- Then the Poet takes a sip from the officer's canteen, has an unpleasant bowel movement, and dies.
- Thanks for the gory details, Mr. Miller.
- The buzzards wait a few days for the Poet to properly cure before eating him.
- Generations of buzzards come and go. (Are you sensing a theme here?)
- The Year of Our Lord 3781 is peaceful. The people pray it will remain so.