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When You Meet the Roma at the River

your face translates
            for river and ever
translates your fate

sign her your sins
            and ever forgiver
sings she your sins

pay her your pay
            for debtors endeavor
to spit in the river

your sins will be
            and severed forever
spat into river

unlike the river
            a mirror reflecting
its framing forever

your sins will be
            just spit in the river
you’ll probably live

Credit


Copyright © 2016 Philip Metres. “When You Meet the Roma at the River” originally appeared in Pictures at an Exhibition (University of Akron Press, 2016). Used with permission of the author.

 

Author


Philip Metres

Metres is the author of four poetry collections: Pictures at an Exhibition (University of Akron Press, 2016); Sand Opera (Alice James Books, 2015); A Concordance of Leaves (Diode Editions, 2013), winner of the 2014 Arab American Book Award; and To See the Earth (Cleveland State University Press, 2008).

Date Published: 2018-08-10

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/when-you-meet-roma-river