a vesper – mb

sun and moon greet and kiss either side of their cosmic cheeks today i don’t walk among the people for romance style gain or art it took time much of it even heavy parallels to this universe of squalor in carnival color today i’ve come down deep into the cracks in everything so said Leonard …

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A Native’s Song – Mark Tulin

Being homeless is nothing new for me.  I have red skin and long black hair.  I am native to this land and know what it is to be without.    I sit on a low stone wall in front of the free library with friends and acquaintances who are equally as poor and dispossessed.    …

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Eulogy for a Fairy Princess – Christine E. Ray

your words  of sacred poetry take me back  to the time  before I was broken before I was rendered collateral damage to the war fought  over this body   you wrap me  in a cloak  of subtly  woven language sing a eulogy  to my  innocence lost evoke memories of my heart whole soul pure hope  trust intact …

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Paper Birds – Holly Rene Hunter

I’ve unfolded us like origami Ripped  open  our borders, dissected the dark corners of secrets forced  them into light to mourn like hollow bones of birds. I have renamed us where every memory is not an ache beneath my ribs and every  thought is not an assault on the dead. My heart is the flush of peony, the color of healing scars.     Copyright Holly Rene Hunter …

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Mourning & Modern Knowledge – CJ Delous

Permutations of motion though matter; the ecstatic union of void & fire;     mutation arrayed          in differential display:       is this use of language the only way      for the feeling to fade         & finally escape             from my bones?   Can't I ever  go beyond what's here  in front of me  & reach the place          I want …

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