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Aviator’s Astragalus

Vol 6: Iss 2, Poetry

In days of yore  
As aviator  
Could shatter his astragalus  
In an ugly crash or  
Hard landing. 

Astragalus is a funny word
Like a jungle beast or bird  
Or expensive vegetable:
Fresh green astragalus
With Hollandaise.

Now the term has disappeared 
Which I think a little weird
No one says astragalus
Now everyone says talus
Except etymologists who regale us

But it really is no fun to say
Aviator’s talus anyway