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“Things We Need To Speak Of”

Antlers half-buried in the mud
like a cabin shut deep in the woods

that nobody enters a grizzly hibernating
within that dream of the salmon

who never returns to the drying river
a farmer must look away from

the harvest the cities are not meant
for his seeds of wheat the war

should not have devoured his village
and the pomegranates and pigeons

all these are too much even
for the oblivious ones to bless

the man in a black tux raising
a toast to the melting glaciers

breaking out into the ocean

Simon Anton Nio Diego Baena’s poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Cider Press Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, The Bitter Oleander, Osiris, Caliban, Saltfront, and elsewhere.

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