On this wheel the soldier who defected
during the Civil War and who died of hunger
in the brush is now inscribed near
the general who carried the banner
to victory. The man sitting in his rocking
chair on the observatory of his porch
while warriors invaded
far off countries to the boom of cannons --
appears in the same whorl. Where conquerors strode
and cities rose and crumbled,
all gather now in chapters of silence.
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Issue #29, October, 2002 :
Santa Fe Poetry Broadside.