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Pima Road Notebook #5 by Keith Ekiss

18/10/2010

Calendar Stick

By Keith Ekiss

Owl Ear slashed a stick to record events—

comet, solstice, railroad, birth.

Armies never burned these houses.

No infection blankets, no Gatlings, no treaties.

Bored soldiers ticked off days.

Playing games with the natives, corporals

won the sprints, the Pima the long distance races.

As fast as boys run, they never catch the river.

What’s lost, netting fish with bare hands,

river reeds braided into combs.

What remains, sayings for grief at parting—

Ravens have overwhelmed us.

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New Issues has recently published Keith Ekiss’ book of poems Pima Road Notebook.

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