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after Janneth Mornan-Green


what school was selling

she refused to learn

by rote


during history classes

she sailed the Atlantic Ocean

with Europeans


in her boat

A Drought Ended


He would throw her 

                   across the room. 

Some men make sport of such things.


I was warned to see and blind.


Still, I watched through the window

how her children, forced into a ritual

dandy shandy, dodged their wailing mother.


The day she heaved the pot from the stove,


a drought ended in Pell River.


Colin             a cumulus of steam              screamed.



Behind the bamboo fence