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Poems by Joseph Lease
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Free Again [excerpt]
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True Faith

 
by Joseph Lease

        1

Property is death: they had a body crammed in a mailbox and it was just a brown suit with bones sticking out—and fathers lost in blowing snow—and mothers drift in blowing leaves, and all the lies in any town—work was my salvation he said work was always

my

        salvation


        2
branches



You



Joy can

        Scream

        3

Ice and the river—"the desire to be normal is healthy": no, it isn't—can you imagine the death of the wind—can you remember the ghost of that voice—


        4
Your

        Kisses

Your

        Sky

Your

        Darkness

Your

        Sky

        5

Lavender sky, sky like whiskey—the way, the way we live in bodies—lavender sky, sky like whiskey—and to your scattered bodies go—your dream inside your face, your night inside your morning—I'll try to glint like birds behind the rain—










Copyright 2012 by Joseph Lease. Used with permission of the author.
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