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North American Dreaming: Charcoal Memories

Those shoeshine refugees have memories, as William Burkholder reveals in this haunting poem.

To read more poems please visit Bill's Web site http://www.freewebs.com/nirvanasgate/index.htm

Those shoeshine refugees have memories, as William Burkholder reveals in this haunting poem.

To read more poems please visit Bill's Web site http://www.freewebs.com/nirvanasgate/index.htm


Charcoal Memories

Charcoal shuffle, burnt white powder, mirages lifting, lifting, and lifting.
Sky blue senoritas, castanets clicking, sparkling and sticking, sticking,
In clapboard tones of Barcelona beats and white Gorilla renditions of free the people
By sub machine and fragmentation devices. While a blind man's cane comes in the form of two dollar whores, and cheap Bacardi, Polluted waters of seaport's pillows dictate the thirst of those ten dollar shoeshine refugees, lifting themselve's from the waterfront traffic at ninety plus miles per hour. To find themselves under the ghost of Columbus,
Staring in a westward gaze against setting sunlit oceans of westward ho the inquisitions, and dispositions of convictions wrath and bias disdain.
Long live the castanets clacking to drown out these in-opulent voices of my memory.

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