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By Bruce Bond

If you are going there by foot, prepare

to get wet. You are not you anymore.


You are a girl standing in a pool

of clouds as they catch fire in the distance.


There are laws of   heaven and those of   place

and those who see the sky in the water,


angels in ashes that are the delta’s now.

They say if you sweep the trash from your house


after dark, you sweep away your luck.

If you are going by foot, bring a stick,


a third leg, and honor the great disorder,

the great broom of waterfowl and songbirds.


Prepare to voodoo your way, best you can,

knowing there is a little water in things


you take for granted, a little charity

and squalor for the smallest forms of life.


Voodoo was always mostly charity.

People forget. If you shake a tablecloth


outside at night, someone in your family

dies. There are laws we make thinking


it was us who made them. We are not us.

We are a floodplain by the Mississippi


that once poured slaves upriver to the fields.

We are a hurricane in the making.


We could use a magus who knows something

about suffering, who knows a delta’s needs.


We understand if   you want a widow

to stay single, cut up her husband’s shoes.


He is not himself anyway and walks

barefoot across a landscape that has no north.


Only a ghost tree here and there, a frog,

a cricket, a bird. And if the fates are kind,


a girl with a stick, who is more at home,

being homeless, than you will ever be.


Source: Poetry (July 2013)

  • Social Commentaries

Poet Bio

Bruce Bond
Bruce Bond is a classical and jazz guitarist and professor of English. His poetry combines personal lyric and metaphysical inquiry as well as the influences of music and jazz musicians. Bond is a professor of English at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and a poetry editor of the American Literary Review. 

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