Yusef Komunyakaa Poems

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1.
Facing It

My black face fades,
hiding inside the black granite.
I said I wouldn't,
dammit: No tears.
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2.
My Father's Love Letters

On Fridays he'd open a can of Jax
After coming home from the mill,
& ask me to write a letter to my mother
Who sent postcards of desert flowers
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3.
Prisoners

Usually at the helipad
I see them stumble-dance
across the hot asphalt
with crokersacks over their heads,
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4.
Jasmine

I sit beside two women, kitty-corner
to the stage, as Elvin's sticks blur
the club into a blue fantasia.
I thought my body had forgotten the Deep
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5.
Potions

The old woman made mint
Candy for the children
Who'd bolt through her front door,
Silhouettes of the great blue
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6.
The Whistle

The seven o'clock whistle
Made the morning air fulvous
With a metallic syncopation,
A key to a door in the sky---opening
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7.
Believing In Iron

The hills my brothers & I created
Never balanced, & it took years
To discover how the world worked.
We could look at a tree of blackbirds
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8.
Infidelity

Zeus always introduces himself
As one who needs stitching
Back together with kisses.
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9.
AVARICE

At six, she chewed off
The seven porcelain buttons
From her sister's christening gown
& hid them in a Prince Albert can

On a sill crisscrossing the house
In the spidery crawlspace.
She'd weigh a peach in her hands
Till it rotted. At sixteen,

She gazed at her little brother's
Junebugs pinned to a sheet of cork,
Assaying their glimmer, till she
Buried them beneath a fig tree's wide,

Green skirt. Now, twenty-six,
Locked in the beauty of her bones,
She counts eight engagement rings
At least twelve times each day.
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10.
Togetherness

Someone says Tristan
& Isolde, the shared cup
& broken vows binding them,
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