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“Wasteland…”

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This poem was written in response to prompt #111 on ReadWritePoem: write about Milad Gheisari’s photograph entitled December 21, 2007 #25. The photo appears HERE. The artist’s website is HERE. This version of the poem benefits from the feedback of first readers RL, JG, and JH. See also the Writer’s Statement within the comments.

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…………………………WASTELAND with BOY and BROKEN CHAIR
 
…………………………Soon at nightfall this kneeling boy will burn
…………………………whatever he can find for warmth, even so strange
…………………………a thing in the desert as this crippled chair,
…………………………arm and leg long ago torn off, seat sliced away.
…………………………He keeps his hands in his lap, holds kindling 
…………………………for lighting a fire before the sun goes down.
…………………………Surfaces are already turning red: that scar 
…………………………marring the seat of the chair, clay in the earth.
…………………………And beneath the hood of his jacket — a glow
…………………………to the face, survival’s early watch, that first
…………………………shame. Too softly he recites a few dry words for
…………………………no one to hear, wood shavings in the sand, there
…………………………where an old idyll splintered and sank, one empty
…………………………throne, and the hero who never rode upon it.
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………………………….by Therese L. Broderick
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