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Chard deNiord: Checklist

the bone that aches in the rain of lies
a turnip instead of cake
the fire that feeds on the breath of witnesses,
even a stone, then speaks
the echo of her no in the outskirts and streets
the sword he brought instead of peace
the red coal an angel places on the tongue like a treat  
the sentence of his sentence
pennies worth more than gold
others, and then some
the tree with so many tongues that says, 
“The truth resides inside the wind and blows 
for those who hear it.”
a kiss on the cheek that doesn’t turn
the nerve that takes its stand by keeping its seat
the pauper in the park who says,
“Of these ends; it is the Right of the People to 
alter or abolish it.”
the bell that heals itself by ringing
a smile in the hole
the eye that sees when closed
waking, waking


Copyright 2020 Chard deNiord. From In My Unknowing (U of Pitt Press, 2020). This poem also appeared in the anthology What Saves Us, Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump.

One comment on “Chard deNiord: Checklist

  1. Barbara Huntington
    June 30, 2020

    Oh another with a call to read and ponder again. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

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