Rae Armantrout

(1947 / Vallejo, California / United States)

Djinn - Poem by Rae Armantrout

Haunted, they say, believing
the soft, shifty
dunes are made up
of false promises.

Many believe
whatever happens
is the other half
of a conversation.

Many whisper
white lies
to the dead.

'The boys are doing really well.'

Some think
nothing is so
until it has been witnessed.

They believe
the bits are iffy;

the forces that bind them,
absolute.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 23, 2015



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