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Rangi McNeil

Rangi McNeil is the author of The Missing (Sheep Meadow Press, 2003) and the chapbook Occasional Poems (The Song Cave, 2015). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Heart Is a Foreign Country

Ours is a partial language part pantomime,
part grimy guesswork: adulterated speculation
as to meaning & motivation.

Translated, heart suggests a familiar, universal
device but internal chemistries vary—
though components be the same & not uncommon.

The world owes us nothing. It promises less.
Call it: freedom. Free will. Or Wednesday.