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Little Girl Came Singing

mariage, l'esclavage--all marriage is prosperity,
as she wandered in a bare unfleshed wood

A schwa of deteriorations,
the irrational number e upside-down,

she sang, as she contemplated
skeletons of her relatives

at play in a tower of blocks
             with a down hey down hey down hey down

What she freed us from : slavery ropes
shot down
                 Free at last

This poem appears in the 2003 Anthology
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