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2019 American Place Poems

Speaker for the Dead

We call for a new poetry!

We call for a new eulogy!

We call forth the Speaker for the Dead.

He will understand the lost as only the Ender of

Worlds can begin to grasp. He will tell us who they

Were, where They stood. You do not know nor could.

They never wrote it down for you. Never heard them say.

Admirer, lover, blinded still,

your pining overwhelming, what was real.

Their stories told without the Makar’s mark.

Stripped away, our own projections of glories old

And say the truth, no matter how dark.

The funeral can no longer be your poetic elegy.

It must be a poem of record telling the life of the

One who will be remembered beyond the grave.

Their stories a collection of Cities and States.

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