The Innisfree Poetry Journal

by Laura Manuelidis


My brother told me how to watch the watch,
The second hand introducing hidden short episodes.
He stashed his faith on the shoulders
Of a pasture:

My brother showed me how to negotiate
Beside the river wandering to its salted mouth:
To place my small footsteps carefully
While grazing.

My brother led me out of the streets
Raining with light that obliterates sanity
As he shielded me from foreign onslaughts
I deserved:

My brother—and his shadow—around the next corner
Always protects me.

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