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Heart to Heart

Was it 13 when she first had sex for money
screaming into her fist
teethmarks across her knuckles?
Dad nods when I ask.
He is quiet, as if he is wise
looking like Joseph as his sons return with the silver.
Something happened
it's not money
but what it had not bought.

No daughter filled with grandchild,
no suitor meeting him with firm handshake
Instead he has paid for silence.
His shoulders do not even shrug,
his palms do not spread open in supplication;
he is simply silent and colored like the end of autumn.

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Nope. These people are not who you think.

This is a poem by the American Robert Lipton (c) 2006, from his book "Complex Bravery."
Published in Michigan and Quebec. Robert and Anna never met, he mostly worked in Berkeley CA and Nablus.

Nobody has any monopoly on tragedy. When it touches your own life, it becomes personal.

The book is in a collection of the theatre director, who welcomed me overnight with his family. And his neighbors. [Beautiful neighborhood, post later.] I found it this morning waiting for the car. Rather, it found me.

The printed dedication quotes a Russian author:

"Once a writer is born into a family, that family is doomed."

Well. Only a Russian would say something like that, huh?

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There's a choir rehearsal going on now, 8 - 12 after school, I'd guess. Soprano voices and synthesizers. Gotta run.

Blessings Be.

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nurziful
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Beautiful poem. Beautiful quote.
silverplate88
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
so are a couple of others.
silverplate88
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
which I'll post soonish.
231a
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
The Russians got it right.
silverplate88
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yeahhhhh .... and not in just this one case, either.
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silverplate88
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
O Mari you're not nitpicky at all. And the Anglicization of his name has a few more letters, as I recall. Did he write something that doomed his family [besides that statement?]

If you are fine with me so are Lithuanians. I'd be a perfectionist too. All three states have this big fiery tradition of proud nationalism, as I recall :)
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