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Poem: Sea of Branches Protest

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Posted on March 6, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Sea of Branches Protest

If I didn’t know better, I would think

I was in a ship’s hold, hearing the beams

groan, sails snap against their stays.

 

And not here under March’s bare

canopy. The heaving branches.

A hammer pounding a wooden peg.

 

A point to wrap a spooling rope around.

There isn’t a sea in sight.

I have to feel the roiling waves

 

and night rocks jutting out

past a pointing jetty.

A walkway. Stones cast up,

 

it seems, from an ocean quarry.

Snapping me back to where I

really am. Walking on hard land.

 

Having just learned, a protest on my

campus turned violent. Word

against word, trying to be silenced

 

and more. The speaker and his host’s

car rocked. My colleague had her

neck sprained. Someone, in a mask,

 

pulled her down by her hair. Even

if all I have are some of the facts.

In these times hard to come by.

 

The truth always being changed.

No one can deny the wind and

the branches hammering against

 

each other. No matter if they sound

like waves crashing the sand. Those men

and women chained to their scraping oars. 

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

 

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