poem for July 14

pointed view

we're shivering (everything runs tight & clenched;
only yr fevers know what yr temperature is) then again,
only keeping going makes a place worth shivering in;
decency locked in gasoline outrages:
you: keep focused; go on talking;

go lift up the things that make a landscape:
under them are visions falling into eyes;
terror, learning, listening;
hand me something to fight with, our one hard word;
really! while there's still the time i invented--
in the middle of being lost & being certain
events keep unraveling sentences

(Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912)

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