21 November 2004

by May Yang

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my words are impoverished,
i don’t make cents here

a mouth that has no reason,
has no season

how sad it is that life is bent,
on how well you spoke

a bull’s thistle and a fox’s tail

You had taken your leave when the white man asked You to
You had taken your stance when the white man threatened You to

johnson’s grass and a lady’s thumb

and when their life tipped,
at the end of your rifle

they forgot their words—gook
they forgot their hate—freed

in a morning glory among witch’s grass

the heavens from above see all, she says

21 November 2004

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