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Page 46 Your Silence Is Not Clear A single gnarled sentence stretches across the summer bridge we built. I do not understand its predicate; Its subject is not clear. They do not matter though (I have no structural interest). I wish to know the meaning of the silence I hear. The summer's context is gone; The blank white page of winter is here, And as I scan the length of that summer span, I wish to know the meaning of the silence I hear. Page 47 Violated Autumn snatched summer By her thin green gown And dragged her Screaming To the soft white covers.

Page 35 As I remember you on a Monrovian road, As I see you now, As I have seen you along the Mississippi And on the streets of Cleveland and Little Rock; as you dwell in my heart now and in ages past. Page 36 Where No Rainbow Had Hung for Years No grapes grew on his land for years. Only the dry hot wrath of indifference scorched by cynicism Endured on the hard, cracked earth. Years passed and every hour he stretched his arms to heaven. Sometimes false rains showered an hour And then retreated on cumulous clouds, Leaving hurt and caution growing with wet wrath.

Without you there would be No Black Survival. . I could take you to other places, other times, when your smiles or eyes or hands have calmed my tropical spirit: I could carry you back to wash tubs, smoky iron pots, and irons heating on a wooden stove to press another family's clothes so that your own could have more bread for their buttermilk, more neckbones for their soup, more fatback for their turnips. I could take you to fields where your hands toiled with mine for a penny a cotton pound just a generation ago.

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