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Moral Imperfections

By Gerda Govine


You love me so much
lifetime lifeline

lost my way
Disappear daily

Guilt  fear cling climb
My voice abandoned

Do not recognize
mirror image

l miss me and you
let’s take our love with us.



Ark of Return*

Legacy of slavery
Stings  stains shadows

Sorrow weeps tears gush
Muffle chorus of screams

Their lives death sentence
Ancestral truth lifts veil

My heart breaks heals
My breath stops starts

In Solemn space
Spread our wings

Fly soar


*United Nations  permanent marble memorial/New York City, 2015



Burn this Place Down


Pain layered inside bone

stick to skin

rides bare back


memories crochet

blood stained words

     silence still born


stayed together

secrets sleep

chose death


born under stairs

candle light flickers

dot darkness


burn this house down

ancestors’ voices call out

gut everything


ask for forgiveness

chance for reckoning

     raise head eyes


scorched earth

     turns inside out

ashes grow wings


     mayday mayday

     possibilities kneel


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