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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.
|November 04, 2013||Imaginary June||C. D. Wright|
|January 10, 2013||Somewhere between here and Belen||Jay Wright|
|January 14, 2016||Imaginary Morning Glory||C. D. Wright|
|July 27, 2010||Wheeling Motel||Franz Wright|
|January 18, 2013||Obscurity and Selfhood||C. D. Wright|
|March 25, 2013||Ode, Aubade||Greg Wrenn|
|May 13, 2015||Island||Greg Wrenn|
|April 11, 2008||Gnosis||Theodore Worozbyt|
|June 03, 2012||It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free||William Wordsworth|
|September 02, 2012||My Heart Leaps Up||William Wordsworth|