Dignified is a heartsong here Harsh traverse of the unknown "Better to go down dignified" Ekes out constant What gives in us, or won't give (her smile seen once in the Red Café) Turns sparkless Into sparklers One "s" less One "r" more, Georgette -- -- -- -- -- The new wall we built that year where the house side had been torn out Grammar we called in like a bet on narrative -- -- -- -- -- Now I am the only one who hasn't yet gone in; and I have these sentences (fissures in the hand)
From O Cidadán by Erín Moure, published by House of Anansi Press. Copyright © 2003 by Erín Moure. Reprinted by permission of House of Anansi Press. All rights reserved.