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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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“The Bride in Long Delay”

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The poem was written in response to prompt #108 on ReadWritePoem: apply Matthea Harvey’s technique (as adopted by Matthew Zapruder) of dictionary-dipping. For complete details on my dictionary-dipping, see the Writer’s Statement within the first comment.

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…………………………THE BRIDE IN LONG DELAY
 
…………………………To keep the assembled from looking in, a lockplate
…………………………wedded to screws and pins beneath the tarn-
…………………………ished cover, its tight embroideries, its kreuzers
…………………………of copper, aluminum, steel. Her vows penned
…………………………upon the code of a doily, lace veiling a japanned
…………………………bureau, one lacquered path from a silver river
…………………………dwindling around a mountain. Two peaks
…………………………owned by the knobs of a drawer. All delay to keep
…………………………away that surname, the groom’s title: Holdship.
…………………………She traces it through the air. Hold won’t disappear.
…………………………He waits in cuffs and tie, primed, wallpaper ground.
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…………………………by Therese L. Broderick
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…………………………((A writer’s statement appears as the first comment.)
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“In the Wake of Incidents”

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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,IN THE WAKE OF INCIDENTS
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,…..~..December 2009
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,High alert. Frisked in my coat sleeves
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,at the gate. Then the mal-
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,function of the plane’s fuel valve, the heavy
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,chop
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.chop
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..above a storm. And when I
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,landed three zones later
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,on the clouded island, only enough left
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,of a gibbous moon
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,……….to light my way to
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the middle of this boardwalk, plank to
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,rope to net to harbour rock…..,,,and just now
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,to the huge flat flank
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..(which end its eye?)
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,of something finned
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,under water:
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Thinking I had escaped the grip,
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the cabins, the cells of threats
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or summons — not me, not me, not me
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,only to be taken, braced here opposite.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Made to pitch
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..all my safety
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,……deep into it.
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,by Therese L. Broderick
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,(A writer’s statement appears as the first comment.)
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