Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Elders

By Elizabeth Alexander 

watched him glitter, 
watched him gleam,
shook his un-rough hands
with their cotton-scarred hands,
cut their eyes at him,
observed the ease with which he smiled, 

asked, finally, what is love,
and who are The People
and how must we love them and what do we need,
what is now, look at the lines
in the corner of youngblood's eyes,
lined not unlike our hands,
and perhaps this is not gleam but illumination,
not merely his but ours.

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