Treasure Island

Clifton King

(December 24,1943 / Long Beach, California)

Poems of Clifton King

1. 87 Rue Claude Monet 3/21/2014
2. Father's Final Words 7/8/2010
3. Giverny Garden 3/21/2014
4. Monday Morning 3/21/2014
5. Neighborhood Boys 7/8/2010
6. Omaha Beach 3/21/2014
7. Questions For A Friend 3/21/2014
8. San Francisco Bus Ride 3/21/2014
9. Sestina to My Daughter, and My Daughter's Daughter 7/8/2010
10. Sunday Shoes 9/22/2010
11. The Nature of Love 3/21/2014
12. Wanting You 3/21/2014
13. We Were There 7/8/2010
14. Your Name 3/21/2014

We Were There

We were there in The Haight, flowers in our hair, beads around
our neck, doe eyed girls bared their breasts, brandished bras;
boys, not yet men, burned draft cards, numbers in the devil’s lottery, political punishment for being born.

We were there when napalm obliterated human decency,
burned babies in their mother’s arms,
denied innocence to those still in the womb.

We were there to see the oxidized eyes of dead

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