Minnie Bruce Pratt

(Selma, Alabama)

Minnie Bruce Pratt Poems

1. Walking Back Up Depot Street 1/20/2003
2. The Subway Entrance 1/20/2003
3. Red String 1/20/2003
4. At Deep Midnight 1/20/2003
5. Justice, Come Down 3/27/2015
6. Breakfast 5/29/2015
7. The Blue Cup 1/20/2003
8. The Great Migration 1/20/2003
9. The Sound Of One Fork 12/9/2014

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The Sound Of One Fork

Through the window screen I can see an angle of grey roof
and the silence that spreads in the branches of the pecan tree
as the sun goes down. I am waiting for a lover. I am alone
in a solitude that vibrates like the cicada in hot midmorning,
that waits like the lobed sassafras leaf just before
its dark green turns into red, that waits
like the honeybee in the mouth of the purple lobelia.

While I wait, I can hear the random clink of one fork
against a plate. The woman next door is eating supper
alone. She is sixty, perhaps, and for many years
has eaten by ...

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