Rosemarie Sprouls

Rookie (Nov.2 / NJ)

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Best Poem of Rosemarie Sprouls

Making Soldiers

A mother spreads newsprint
to make unarmed toy
soldiers from old wooden
clothespins that hang around
in an unused bag
while her dryer tumbles
like a heated argument,
tossing clothes as steadily
as her government
tosses decisions, people, rocks.

Her grandmother used
to wring out the wear,
pin up the worn
cloth like a flag,

but she hides the articles,
spins them with machine-
made ambivalence, presses buttons
easily, so much like an unarmed
soldier who takes orders, so much
like her grandmother’s butcher,

who ...

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