Red River

for Tina Fontaine
                in memoriam

The river
your cradle
of wrapped reeds
after the death
of you

bring God
down
in peace
to the drowned
wilderness
of your eyes

bring God
down
in peace
to the flood-
flow
of your stopped heart

child so little
praised

child so little
blessed

on land

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