In case the rain brings with it cold winds

 

This won’t be the first time I’ve fled
Dying love and self-constructed
Prisons of desperate routine
Those amulets of denial
Rubbed one too many times always
Fail to keep the wolf at the door
Once we howled for each other’s blood
Now we curl up contented tame
Listening to the rain—waiting
To see who’ll make the first move
The slightest twitch and one or both
May make a break for somefarwhere

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for John Rechy

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New York Is a Nazi’s Nightmare

New York is a Nazi’s nightmare
Its multitudinous mixing
Individual communal
Organic dreams all growing
Persistent resistant to
The pale ghosts of purity
Your ostentatious impotent
Tower sings in a tone-deaf tune
A siren song to the venal greedy
Ones who will prostitute themselves
Cringing and begging for scraps
From the tables of the unjust

The Mexican woman selling
Tamales on the street corner
By the Southern Fused restaurant
The busloads of Jewish children
Playing within earshot of drums
Pounding Peruvian rhythms
As an elderly black man walks
Down his street with his leather cap
Declaring the truth I Am Culture
A mix forged from war and horror
Slavery prejudice plague-forced
Migration that has made us strong
Passing a concert hall where we
Wept at the beauty of a song
By a woman who loves women
And dreamed with a man who loves men
About making a better world

You who can only see yourself
When you look into a mirror
Unlike we who can see ourselves
In our fellow humans’ faces
You will perpetrate a million
Unnecessary cruel petty
Injustices and sow sorrows
Where there should be joy and laughter
And we’ll remember those who fall
Victim to your sterilizing
Fantasies and death-dealing schemes
We’ll outlast outlive outlove you
With our songs sinuous and strong

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Rose Main Reading Room

Rows of living dead
Bound—deaf—creatures each speaking
A silent language

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Haiku for jr

Late March turns cold—white—
Snow—covers but can’t conceal
Fresh magnolia buds

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for jr

 

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Now I know fish sing

Now I know fish sing
Like the birds at dusk and dawn
Strangeness fills my heart
With a gladness—submarine
Their choral celebrations

Mark each arriving
Each passing day—til the day
This is forgotten—
Why should our memories last
Forever—when love  will not

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Depth Charge: Scientists have been listening in on the songs sung by fish in coral reefs.

 

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Vigil

No ten thousand people
Not even ten thousand times ten thousand
Can return to life the six Muslim men
Killed by a single malicious man
But we stand in the cold listening
With silent incomprehension
To a prayer offered to the dead
Behind us two men chant
In rhythms with the speaker
And to our left two small children
Laugh as they play in the snow
Oblivious to the growing crowd
Because they have not been taught
To hate
Yet

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(for Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou,  Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane)

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5 AM Fresh Fallen Snow

Thump! Rattle! Rumble!
Grating! Humming! Beep! Beep! Beep!
Scrape. Plough. Grind. Repeat.

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The Joke of Hope

Frigid silhouettes
Against the grey morning sky
Show the overreach
Hope from last summer’s rushed growth
Mocked by this winter’s cold winds

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Which I—for a while—was one

Was I perhaps wrong
Not to have dreams hopes and plans
For you who seemed full
Of bright desires of your own
Which I—for a while—was one

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