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As if water were a place*
a block from a freeway ramp
he called home,
I'm left to covet the words
he was praying when the bullet
from a block away
spake the amen.
*The whole poem and especially the first
line refer to a little-known poem, "Blue Earth,"
by David Lindahl. The event in "Water Prayer"
took place in Portland, OR, where a 41-year-old
transient was shot and killed Saturday night, May
14, 2005, by a single stray bullet after a fight
erupted outside a downtown club called "H2O". The
intended victim was shot in the foot.)
by David Lindahl
for Sunshine Perlmutter, a 2-year-old girl
who froze to death Christmas Eve, 1983
as if cold
you walked out of the house
and learned winter's slow dance
blue earth and
making naked footprints.
know the word
you whispered to the night
in orange flame candles, wreaths
red ribbons and
snow. or the song you heard
round like a mother,
Copyright 2005 by Greg Baysans, "Blue Earth" appeared in The James White Review.