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Thursday, August 16, 2012


by B.Z. Niditch

No passport
or visa, green card
abandoned like a poet
with orphaned poses
disorderly at school
but always respectful
to hide
or escape
as is habit
in half-forgotten speech
on loan
from memories,
lost between
two shores
effaced by a century
which cannot speak out
on any exile
or outsider,
with a stained tear
on a foreign tongue
piercing the silence
of travel
landing among the waters
and winds at sea.

B.Z. Niditch, poet, playwright, fiction writer, and aphorist, is published widely throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is also the founder and artistic director of The Original Theatre, in Boston, which has presented original, experimental plays on contemporary social and political themes since 1990.