POETRY  by Clare Ramsaran
 

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Aftershocks

from Aftershocks, page 7
ISBN 1-931002-92-9
Petaluma, 2010

 

TV cameras panned bulked crowds
jacketed bodies
stamping their feet against numbness, clamping
cell phones to ears, waiting. We waited too,
watching them

When the balance tipped, favouring Obama
stunned Chicagoans cheered, yelled, clapped
their grateful hands

Lava rolled molten over the airwaves
from Eastern to mountain to Pacific
to the city that elected, then shot
Milk, where the Castro tasted bittersweet victory,
toasted nuptials with Barack, the sharp-suited bridegroom
ushered in while California read the banns
and found well-funded objections to
the love that dared proclaim its name

Earth parted like mercury, as the dream of ’63
echoed down the years
from Washington Mall to juvie hall
from Nairobi to North Carolina
from Oakland to Oahu

Jesse Jackson and countless, nameless others remembered,
recalled the price of the dream,
the Martins, the Malcolms, the Emmetts,
the unnamed but still counted

Tectonic plates shifted, the beginning of the end
for some, the end of the beginning for others


© 2010, Clare Ramsaran

 

Aftershocks. Poems by Clare Ramsaran

 

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This is a basic chapbook, printed on white opaque paper with an ivory laser-printed, index cover. To see enlargement of cover, click on image above.

20 pages


 
 

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