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Here's what she said-my son's babysitter
She said it in PRAYOTIS which he made upand spoke with her when she came overin her flannel shirtsShe told him even thenit is not possible to sitin a corner of Rhode Islandand have only walls to talk toShe said it would be thrillingand powerful to have a languagethat only the two of you forever knowand she said this in his language But she was then even too youngto know her own wisdom of sayingand speaking the way a 3 year oldwould understand-- with crayonsand music and games in PRAYOTIS And when he was little and screamed because the circus in town was rained outshe then told him to wait--to please wait--that old issue of trust in the steady gods--that trust when it's safe and you're in bedand you wake up to see your dad sipping teafrom a glass like your grandfather did onceShe wanted to remind him I thinkthat we're not past telling old stories and while the raging goes on and on--we need invention, the history of the worldpoor world, to start over again, one two, threeJust let the gods guarantee everyonea right to love in their own languageGo forth, sing in your PRAYOTIS she said
Let your song teach us every day neither to laugh at nor kill one another
Copyright 2021 Rosaly DeMaios Roffman
Rosaly DeMaios Roffman’s many books include I Want To Thank My Eyes (Tebot Bach, 2012).
Michael–such a privilege to be in here with all the fine poets and your commentary. You are such an important voice in our lives and community–you make this time without a tense bearable –you teach us every day by the words you choose–words never taken lightly–you spell out humanity– we ride with you…and we thank you!!!
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What a lovely thing to say, Rosaly, and from a poet I admire immensely. Thank you for your writing, teaching, mentoring and activism. YOU are the one with the important voice.
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