Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1991 |

Exposure

Exposed roots, pond, swamp, somebody'sbeen to Mississippi, vines, limbsdangle, dance, Where were you, did you ridethat bus? No, I was young, I had a husband, thoughtsof a child, And what did you do when they dragged that boy from the river, when the killer kissed his wife for the hungry camera? When my fatherwas young, five or six, they hung a man,strung him up at an intersection, And what did you do when they bombed that church, those girls?When I was ten I made up a friend, a dark-skinned girl who lived in a swamp, And where were you, leaves on your skirt, when they marched across that bridge?In the dream I was black, telling myself, who was white,who I was, like the woman, the soul inside the man, or the maninside the woman the man who wroteabout these things found hard to handle. And what did you do when they shot—? I marched in the park, armslinked, with the others. And did you, ever, yourself—?My father, once, he was just eighteen, a kiddressed in a sheet, But you? I didn'

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