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Map of a Border

Cindy St. John

Translate words from Spanish to English does not
arrive at the whole to dream/map the land 500 years

climb under/over rocks on all fours green/orange
lichen/dirt on your hands

sleep/drink loud trains their bridges
shadow/grind your memories of all other places

there are ghost towns, adobe walls stand with insides hollowed
out/here place is no place or in a pamphlet on the history

what is most frightening is how we desensitize
burn/bend our hearts into a shape listen/

I’m not trying to be a downer

bring a drill there is much
to be done oil/salt make lists I’m busting
my ass here, paper purging you say

you say to coil/remember/carry/accumulate
a map/gun is a false sense of stability.

Cindy St. John

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