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Saturday, May 27, 2006


by James Penha

This island will eat me alive
absorb me
and I will learn its dance
from nerves to blood
hand to hand
eye to eye
among the millions
open and closed and if the quaking
earth doesn't . . . if the smoking
mountain doesn't . . . the ocean
wave will overwhelm
the gongs and harmonize them:

lullaby, love song,

James Penha edits The New Verse News. He lives in Jakarta, on the island of Java, Indonesia.