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Page Eleven


I come from the place where the poagies die
(menhaden, menhaden)
come from the place where the pogies die
(menhaden, menhaden, all dead)
a word known only through voice and ear
(the poagies and pogies all dead in the sun)
a word that I own in its end, in my eyes
(menhaden, menhaden,  unmourned)
 
 
the river salt and river fresh will meet
must meet at the searoad where poagies come
to be, all they want
to be, all they own
the river fresh and the river salt
will come all unknowing to kill
(from this I come, from this I came)
to kill and then kill, all unwilling to kill
(from this I come, to this I go)
and they die in the sun, on the sand,
in the sea
(menhaden, menhaden, my home)
die where I see and I smell, where I ache
rot where I silence, no grave and no grace…
can I forgive the rivers
 
 
it should be you, the guilty
(the place where the pogies die)
it should be humans sprawled on the sand
floating on water
bloating and blanching, astink in the sun
it should be the guilty
(I forgive not your guilt)
what did they ever do but be
what did we ever do but be
(the poagies die and die)
the pogies die, and I have died
and the sweet have died
and the guilty live, live on
(I do not forgive your guilt)
 
 
I come from the place where the pogies die
(menhaden, menhaden)
return to the place where the poagies die
(the river fresh, the river salt)
return to the sands of rot and rage
(menhaden, menhaden,  alone)
to the lumping throat and stinging eyes
(they die, they die)
to unblessed rot, unburied stink,
uncounted corpses guiltless of sin
(alone to the place where the pogies die)
blessings on ambushed ones, blessings of love
(there at the place where the poagies die)
blessings on innocence, blessings of grief
(I come from the place where the pogies die,
return to the place where the poagies die)
menhaden, my rivers
menhaden, my sea
menhaden, menhaden, they suffer
they die
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Posted April 20, 2011 by mishibone, braon, braonthree, sehnen in poetry

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