Our Great African Bank Heist spurred my small anyana skeleton poem to the icons of our struggle

2 years ago

There are many who embarrass us by being less-than-human: scamming, cheating, stealing. The speaker in these lines of poetry calls on those who have erred, to return to the fold of honesty and a true humanity.

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I'm at odds, on this desolate cold shore
How shall I my Self sustain, this far away
Immense green sea lapping at my bare feet
White cold gales gnawing into a rotting heart.

By a faceless hand a brother's coat appears
Adorns a warm weight around my shoulders
Stalls a million quivering questions to recede
The salty suds returning fading into the blue.

❦➰➰❦       ❦➰➰❦       ❦➰➰❦       ❦➰➰❦


Starting round and toward your features, gaze
Your voice is wind, I gather up my stakes and go
To fires, fruits within caverns we always knew
Tabled every hope to vanquish such dank greed

We'll ease old disease, around a table feast and laugh
relate adventures to remind ourselves once more
of the days we drew sketches on walls and T-shirts
and wore them as badge lights, to our common love

© 2018 Thomas Clothier
17th October 2018, Gapyeong
Collection: Midday Walks

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