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Thursday, May 27, 2010


by David Chorlton

There is a language at the border
whose meanings lie
in the pause between breaths.
You can use it

to express ambiguities,
for prayer,
even to answer when stopped
for no reason

except to be asked who you are.
Say you don’t know,
that you followed the letter
of the law

until it abandoned you
where nobody has names
and any one is as good
as another

when it has survived translation
into being here.

David Chorlton has lived in Arizona for more than thirty years and loves the landscape, but laments that the state legislature has more thorns than the cactus.