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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.
|February 22, 2012||Wild Swans||Edna St. Vincent Millay|
|November 17, 2014||Wild Silk||Brian Russell|
|August 10, 2013||Wild Rose||Bryher|
|August 26, 2014||Wide Sigh||Melissa Broder|
|May 19, 2010||Why They Went||Elizabeth Bradfield|
|September 12, 2013||Why Poetry Can Be Hard for Most People||Dorothea Lasky|
|January 09, 2013||Why Items Tend to Shift in Flight||Sandra Meek|
|February 17, 2014||Why is Quiet "Kept"?||Paul Hoover|
|February 06, 2015||Why I Am Obsessed with Horses||Michael McGriff|
|June 25, 2013||Why I Am Not a Buddhist||Charles Bernstein|