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Octpowrimo Day 1: How Did You Get Here?

How did you get here?
From the earth sprung willingly
from seeds divinely sown
willing yourself toward the sun?
Or from somewhere else?

Only in our common hearts.
Only in the sabbath fields.

Did the famine and shackle ships sailing,
the frozen flight (the most ancient among us),
the desert and wasteland walkings,
the night airports and abandoned luggage,
All recall the last shape of the same home forgotten?

Only in our common hearts
Only on the sabbath flight.

Did the tenements,
workshops,
sod huts,
cotton fields,
sugar beet fields,
reservations,
Become our homes
from our hard hands and torn bodies?

Only in our common hearts
Only in the sabbath home.

When we traveled on,
from dust bowls,
from lynchings,
from famine fields,
ravaged streets,
Did we travel the same ravaged road of hope?

Only in our common hearts,
Only on the sabbath road.

The sabbath road that still we travel
to ask of this place
(to ask of ourselves)
a common peace.

– Copyright Kay Winter

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Death Draught

And then it grew chill
And then we screamed
And then we vomited in bathrooms with the doors locked
And then they crawled out from their holes
And then they came marching
And they held up the hands of night
And they held out the claws of destruction
And they painted their crooked lies
And they called their wicked dogs
And they spoke their crooked hate
And they jeered at the fear in our bodies
And they jeered at the fear in our children
And they poured the horror into a death draught
And they told us to drink drink drink.

And then we,
We the people,
We held up the moon
We held up the sun
We held up the spinning blue earth
We held up the green branches of our garden
We held up our bodies
We held open our souls
We held strong in our voices
And we said no no no.

We said love love love.

Copyright Kay Winter

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