Josephine Miles Poems
|2.||[Down From Another Planet They Have Settled To Mend]||12/24/2015|
|5.||Effort for Distraction||4/18/2016|
|7.||Fields of Learning||4/18/2016|
|16.||[Throwing his life away,]||4/18/2016|
[Down From Another Planet They Have Settled To Mend]
Down from another planet they have settled to mend
The Hampton Institute banisters. They wear bow ties and braces.
The flutings they polish with a polished hand.
Wingless, they build and repair
The mansions of what we have thought to be our inheritance.
Caution and candor they labor to maintain.
They are out of phase. I prepare
To burn all gentle structures, greek or thatch,
Under the masterful torch of my president here and abroad,
Till stubble outsmolders, and muslim and buddhist crack
In the orbit of...
As George Washington hacked at his cherry tree,
Joseph said to him
This is the tree that fed Mary
When she lingered by the way.
As George Washington polished his bright blade,
Joseph told him
This cherry tree
Bent down and nourished the mother and her babe.