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BAGASSE (huh?)
netskyIam

-bagasse-
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I wonder what sugar cane last thinks
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as it gets crudely crushed  for sweet?
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That is a dry demeaning  fate;
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bagged and stacked then rudely tossed
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bagasse next goes off as smoke
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in furnace flue dead life cremated
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Sugar cane wrung of its sweet
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is bagasse until flaming fumes
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flare off its last carbonic gas.
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Pity poor outgassed bagasse;
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It is no longer cane;
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it is no longer sweet;
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it is no longer bagged;
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it is not even asked
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what it thinks or if
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it ever thought
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The cane is ending as
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bagasse is ending as
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carbon gas is feeding
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some other stand of cane
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by which to feed unkind sweet teeth
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at the expense of ingenuous  wavers
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which we debased from first to last
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-I do not like  bagasse-
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           The fibrous material remaining after the extraction of juice from sugarcane; often burned by sugar mills as a source of energy.
www.eere.energy.gov/power/consumer/energyglossary.html

    A  waste byproduct of the sugarcane harvesting process used as fuel in cogeneration and/or biomass power plants.
www.neda.gov.ph/mtpdp2001/glossary_of_terms.htm


30 Mar 05


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Comments:

nice poem. but even john barleycorn must die.
 — hank

yes, alas.  it's a versaword poem... a defining study of some strange word made into semi-comical poem form.  thanks, hank.
 — netskyIam

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