Poem: “Gemini” Maggie Boyle

“On a planet not so far away

We were born together

In the beginning, there was just you and me

Where we was washed up

Upon this river

Suckle on the honey of the Tennessee

Where we would sleep

In the soft sunshine

I smile at you and you to me”

  • Gemini, Alabama Shakes

 

Float forever in the long stream, Gemini –

crisp yellow bank grass

in blue

 

In the green water you are

finding yourself

more often these days

cleaner now than you were

 

way back in clean waters

 

Swimming over the edge

a precipice and a snorkel

and a fear of open water made you turn for shore

 

but then you learned to breathe under pressure

under water

and now you can neutralize yourself

between zero and one

 

but its fun in the sun

floating like Moses

 

except not guilty

not a baby

 

but still pure as one

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