the burden of yesterday’s sleep

Twenty warriors in front -
       words as knives     sharp
       as the teeth of

Innocent windhowls carrying
       the burden of yesterday’s
       sleep    twenty

Wars fought on parched tongues
        longing for song    each
        worn as cloudcover, unsung -

2 comments on “the burden of yesterday’s sleep

  1. beth says:

    your last stanza is very powerful and heartbreaking

    • huzaifazoom says:

      Zitkala Sa, Audre Lorde, Muriel Rukeyser and Yosana Akiko (a Korean poet I came across for the first time): reading them primed the poem. Powerful women voices all. Something of theirs was bound to stick… thanks Beth.

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