Repositories of history


sand burned footprints
of hard engagement
blood-letting waves
that cut through solidarities
and later sutured in ill-willed coverup,
tales of valor and submission
extraction and expropriation
re-sold to the defeated as benevolence,
earthenware vessels re-grounded —
the earth does yield resident histories
hidden in shifting literatures,
but then only to those who do not seek,
who neither clutch nor disregard
but with the softest heart-feet

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