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Child

Horribly weeping poignant child
hunger in those wildflower blue eyes

grime-smeared and tousled
white and famished
an infliction of stomach cramps
gets you.

No settling flies
protruding bones
still there’s pain

because you shan’t eat today
dangled from the hip of an unneglectful mother,
much loved.

Robert James Berry 2014

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Earth

We’re swimming
in the goldilocks zone
where it’s habitable

unlike other burnt cinders
or ice floe worlds.
Despite the rising water
from ice caps thawing

because of the pogroms, the pandemics

the equatorial blaze
the mangrove swamps
this is home.

The perfect astronomical unit
plus a pockmarked moon
ugly runt of an earlier litter

this space, this globe
familiar as jam jarred sticklebacks
and childhood love,
all ours.

Robert James Berry 2014

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Ancestors

Once we were lungfishes, like moist dragons.
We have evolved little
from our fishy ancestry

breathers of torpid water,
we secreted slime
practiced cannibalism

hauled ourselves out of mangrove rivers
in monsoon time,
becoming amphibious.

Our yesterdays are long
we sustained ourselves
grew slick and slim

ate disunity
euthanased whelps

so the porridgey land
became our inheritance.

It has been millions of years coming,
this conquest. So revel in it.

Robert James Berry 2014

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Distrust

All is secular
wintry as the gas chambers.
Terrifying how common are the
unspeakable moments of history

appalling injustices
make quite a compendium
war crimes

genocides
rapes

aren’t rare.
Distrust metastasizes
like appalling cancers

loathing your neighbours
leads to massacres:

whole cultures are uprooted.
It is legion.

Robert James Berry 2014

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Distrust

All is secular
wintry as the gas chambers.
Terrifying how common are the unspeakable moments of history

appalling injustices
make quite a compendium
war crimes

genocides
rapes

aren’t rare.
Distrust metastasizes
like appalling cancers

loathing your neighbours
leads to massacres:

whole cultures are uprooted.
It is legion.

Robert James Berry 2014

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Tremble

There’s nothing ceremonial
the house’s geography is fluid
no Etruscan pottery to topple here

so I’ll envision other spaces
to diarise the hurt
lick healing into my wounds

knowing survival is to watch the chimneys fume
their old man pine

feel the comfort of mellowing wood smoke,
crackling kindling

the bonfire sizzle of grace
in these ocean-locked isles.

Robert James Berry 2014

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Faultlines

It’s a stunning crevasse
can topple shivering buildings
with extravagant shaking.

The ground, she makes eccentric
wobbles, grumblings

so cranes plunge into the void.
You’ve been called many names

so expect adverse weather and
gaze high

noting how ironical it is,
only the stars are fixed.
They know brutality is mundane.

Robert James Berry 2014

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