Sometimes it is language that defies,
the necessary vocabularies of fear and doubt,
the torn up reports and nature of the unsaid;
at other times it is about memory and rapture
and following stars that may not actually exist
and the names of ancient flowers;
brickle star, daisy nettle, wind wonder,
or the nature of rivers and rains
and how we define a stone wall;
and sometimes it is about a girl standing
up to sing to soldiers before they cut her,
or when an old woman gets up to dance
and the crowd becomes a tapestry of clapping,
as mothers blow on the feet of their babies.
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