Elegy Against the Massacre at the Amish School in West Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Autumn 2006.
Lena, Mary Liz, and Anna Mae Marian, Naomi Rose when time has stopped where time has slowed the horses wear the rain Mary Liz, Anna Mae, Marian Naomi Rose and Lena the lanterns lit at mid-day dark pain's processional Anna Mae, Marian, Naomi Rose Lena, Mary Liz innocence has no argument, justice returns in a leaf Naomi Rose, Lena, and Mary Liz Anna Mae and Marian a girl is not a kind of girl she knows her rhyme she has her name Lena, Naomi Rose, and Mary Liz Marian and Anna Mae zinnias mixed with cosmos, lupins caught in hay Mary Liz, Lena, and Anna Mae Marian, Naomi Rose someone had a new-born calf that died into the light, and someone knew the night Anna Mae, Mary Liz, and Marian Lena and Naomi Rose someone knew the night holiness mere meaning when someone knew the night Marian, Anna Mae, Naomi Rose, Mary Liz, and Lena the mad put on death's mantle, the mad on fire with shame Naomi Rose, Marian and Lena Anna Mae and Mary Liz The mother of the god you knew was reading in her chair and down came interruption Naomi Rose, Lena and Marian Mary Liz and Anna Mae down came endless care visitation's presence book-marked in a book Anna Mae, Naomi Rose and Mary Liz, Lena and Marian your names in stone your footprints kept in mud between the stalks Marian, Anna Mae and Lena Naomi Rose and Mary Liz iron bells toss the clouds at dusk and elders turn away Mary Liz, Marian, Naomi Rose, Anna Mae and Lena empty-handed, hold their cups with lead seams supplicant Lena, Mary Liz and Anna Mae, Marian, Naomi Rose a length of serge so plain, so plain the morning grass turned down Anna Mae, Mary Liz and Marian, Lena, Naomi Rose when time has stopped where time has slowed the horses wear the rain
SUSAN STEWART'S Columbarium won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. These poems are from her forthcoming book, Red Rover, which will be published in fall 2008.
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|Title Annotation:||three poems|
|Author:||Stewart, Susan (American poet)|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2007|
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