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The Lost Woods as Elegy for Black Childhood
There used to be no one here,
where cypresses and oaks play
shadow puppets on sawgrass.
You heard the music before
I did: tambourines, pan pipes.
Remember how I woke clean
to meet you each morning?
The dew and the dust?
Remember how you’d catch me
as I fell from trees? Someone
heard and hurt us. I’m Black-Eyed
Pea. You’re just Skull Kid.
We wanted our genius to last.
We never wanted chalkboards
or snow. We never came home
before the streetlights buzzed.
All we do is dance in leaves.
Cackle and Dreaming, we call it.
Our mothers call it grief.
|May 09, 2015||Aedh Tells of the Perfect Beauty||W. B. Yeats|
|April 24, 2016||Easter, 1916||W. B. Yeats|
|June 20, 2010||A Prayer for my Daughter||W. B. Yeats|
|February 17, 2013||The Moods||W. B. Yeats|
|August 07, 2016||The Cold Heaven||W. B. Yeats|
|October 09, 2010||The Wild Swans at Coole||W. B. Yeats|
|September 20, 2015||The Lover Pleads with His Friend for Old Friends||W. B. Yeats|
|October 04, 2014||Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven||W. B. Yeats|
|August 09, 2014||The Rose of Battle||W. B. Yeats|
|March 31, 2016||Poem to First Love||Matthew Yeager|