Friday, September 23, 2016


L I V E S      M A T T E R
                                              to Emmett Till

Laquan McDonald (black)
what a fine and dignified name

isn’t even 18 years old
and dead

murdered by
Jason Van Dyke (white)

a policeman
on a busy Chicago street

in plain view

millions have died
a natural death

since Laquan McDonald
was born

but he isn’t
one of them


Bob Arnold
28 aug 2016


A U T U M N      E Q U I N O X

One time I was almost ready to be born

before I had begun to remember

the palms of my hands had not yet unfurled

on the one tree of the whole of darkness

the tree before waiting the hearing tree

the left hand had not yet told the right hand

This is our time our season is now

the only time and you must wake and begin

to remember and to know who you are

you will come to remember but forgetting

comes on its own and you will try to tell what cannot be

told and you will have only

the old words and will try to use them

for the first time but the beginning

has gone from the words and there is no way

now to bring it back to them again

the right hand learns but the left hand is the prophet

Pain was waiting that time with her one key

long before the first daylight had appeared


W S     M E R W I N

Garden Time
Copper Canyon 2016