go tell it on the mountain

what we ate

how we lived

about the bananas

Wolfgang reared in gray water

and the bathtub on the porch

because there were no neighbors

and the dog liked to watch

about the corn

born and roasted in the earth

the earth-oven

lay your body down

beneath a boiling sky, the spray


marigold silver, the gulls wheel

above, below, indigenous injustice

reexamined, redefined

how the lambs cried, how the pups called

from their nesting perch

how they scared the sheep with their youth

and how we sat on the shore, pineapple juice

slipping down the carotid, the hyoid


the tot in his squeaking shoes

mouth pebbles, swallow sand

and the popsicle sticks left behind

to be swept away




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