Sunday, November 6, 2016

Kerri Shying R # 123 People what they do


People what they do

living fabric of all nations
that’s a world lived in by
torturers
waterboards
sorts who show up in a country
with black hoods in kit bags
packed back home

they don’t bring along
a Singer sewer to
run them up in prisons
basting seams in bases
hemming holes in
camps

Butterick pattern number
ground zero torture hood

us living fabrics say
nu-uh   this skin
of close fine texture
not the  future elephant foot storage for umbrellas
not your lampshade treatment

we
assert a personality     hard
  like people do
make our true copy
in our writing    yet
not to deviate from truth

do you remember

making bridesmaids bouquets
from lantana    yes me too
red-stained mouths   from blackberries

true copies of the mothers
come before us
   red-stained
stories running through
us     the ground  
our tales to tell


all fingers grip  the pen to
hand of this   uncertain
life   alone
a shipwreck made
a shore.

4 comments:

  1. Terrific. Verse 2 & 3 especially!

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  2. Thanks guys I spent some time on my ending this time - and I felt happy with it for once!

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  3. The contrasting imagery is stunning, Kerri

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