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COLUMN SEVENTY-FOUR, AUGUST 1, 2002
(Copyright 2002 Al Aronowitz)

THE NATIVES

The Natives
We never wanted everything
But that's exactly
What we got
We only wanted spring & summer
& maybe early fall
But the rest of
The bullshit wandered in
We made no promises but everything
Acted like we did. We didn't expect
What we got, & wd have settled
For ourselves & beauty, to
Tell the truth
.~. But as humble as we thought, the grandness .
Of what we ignored claimed us .
like this steady jib'rish
From the sky
Like this queer silence
That asks us why
Like naming things
& being what they
will mean
Is that all? Who? Is that the strange menu
Of this place. To speak is time & with this speaking
We are space! ##

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