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A man finishes burying
his 4 year old son.
Pat new cool earth
lay on flowers.
the only boy.
The man walks
back down the road
to the refugee camp
where another family
for the shovel.
fiddles loud from the bathtub
desperate for a mate.
It's late. He's moved indoors
along with fat spiders
scouting nests for millions of eggs,
a few slow flies.
Katydid however won't
come in, sings his death song
alone, small green eyes
to the wind.
Summer nights they were
insects in concert, this backyard chorus.
Verse after verse hung from the stars
of unison drill.
Scored by percussion of frogs,
marked with intermittent calls of the night bird,
still now before an autumn storm.
A sad finale -
applause in an empty hall
window wound shut against turquoise frame
the orchestra leaves the stage.
Anne L. MacNaughton is a writer and visual artist from northern New Mexico. She has been an adjunct professor of English at the University of New Mexico-Taos, director of the long-running Taos Poetry Circus, and a founding member of The Luminous Animal jazz-poetry ensemble. Her work has been published in numerous journals and in anthologies, including The Best Poetry of 1989 (Scribners), Robert Bly's The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart (HarperCollins), and In Company: an Anthology of New Mexico Poets after 1960 (UNM Press).
This week we feature a couple short poems by Anne. The first poem, as powerful as it is, is short so I couldn't resist using another poem Anne sent, in startling contrast, from hideous anguish of war to local homey bit of peace . . . Photo is by Steve Fox.
For good information about Anne's work, and Peter Rabbit's, Lucid Performance, Taos Poetry Circus and the Poetry Bouts, verbal activities that are seminal to New Mexico's poetry worlds, see Lucid Performance.
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