Where the Red Poppies Grow (A Pipe in Tunisia)

I imagine the Land of the Lotus-eaters
(Near modern-day Tunisia)
resembled a strange monastery
or perhaps an opium den

I've studied the words of Buddha
though I claim not denomination
and I've inhaled plumes
of opium smoke in my lifetime

Enough to know that
the crew Odysseys left there
upon the shores of sedation, found
peace within the bloodshot temple
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