in the reprieve of summer
we gathered like birds in the park
for a cause

i donated books to the library

a man with manufactured legs
walked his dog

the trees dying of thirst

in this land

we cannot live without

our causes 

a great many flock behind 

the ones who stand

in front



i lost my voice

miles from shore i

had no choice

the old rage and confusion 

the sadness yes i took the bait

jitterbugs 9 hooks

tore my belly up

i ran the line out to its end i

clean broke that red devil

flash! in the air

you ain’t never gonna

catch me 




seaworthy to be

we wore layers upon layers

thick wool caps to be

landworthy laced our boots tight

to be worthy to be

we wore our hearts out

unfurled them off a post

gave them to all 

the elements

our adversaries 

did not stand 

a chance


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