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How would you explain “their decay an echo of some morbid geometry” here?

 

We walked in alleys. Saw the remnants of the enemy where they lay in ambush, pushed them off their weapons with our boots. Rigid and pestilent, the bodies lay bloating in the sun. Some lay at odd angles with backs curved slightly off the ground and others were wrenched at absurd degrees, their decay an echo of some morbid geometry.

How would you explain “their decay an echo of some morbid geometry” in the last sentence?
Another question: What does “their” in the same sentence refer to? Does it refer to “some” or “others”?
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    Gordon,

    The wrenched and absurd positions the decaying bodies are in now are approximately the same positions they assumed at the moment of death.
    -the positions the bodies were in when they died (morbid geometry)
    -the positions the decaying bodies are in now (an echo of that morbid geometry)

    The absolute phrase "their decay an echo of some morbid geometry" modifies both independent clauses "Some lay at odd angles with backs curved slightly off the ground" and "others were wrenched at absurd degrees".
    "Their" refers to both some and others.

     

    Denis gave an excellent explanation. Here I'm just simplyfing the explanation for you. "their decay an echo of some morbid geometry" just means "their decaying bodies laid in positions that showed gruesome geometric/spatial patterns" because as Denis said, their dead bodies laid in all sorts of odd positions having been bombed by American weaponry. War sucks, if I may say. Bush is an IDIOT. (Sorry, I had to pontificate).

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