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by Terry Everett

Half a world away from where Serbs
are slaying Ethnic Albanians,
needles emerge and grow on cypress,
robins chirp, mockingbirds give music
to a quiet park where geese honk,
turtles and snakes swim in the sun,
and almost as though the blood spilled
here a century and a third ago
had not been spilled, a white man
eats his sandwich, a black woman eats
her sandwich, a white baby cries,
but only until her mother
puts a bottle in her mouth, and just
around the bend of the bayou,
a couple sit on green grass, holding
cane poles; a yellow school bus ahhs by,
a yellow-breasted sapsucker
flits into the cypress, chatters
to his mate, and they fly away
together; the couple drive away,
their car replaced by another
from which no one emerges; the dove
coos steadily all the while; if I
did not know better, I'd think
the world to be in harmony.

About Terry Everett

Everett's poetry has appeared in TAPESTRY (DSU Division of Languages and Literature art-literary magazine) and numerous magazines and journals. He is Assistant Professor of English Emeritus from DSU where he taught courses in composition and literature.

Click here to read another of Terry Everett's beautiful poems, "A Stand of Trees."
And here is another: "Uncle Bob's Empire."


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