John Sibley Williams – Beirut, I’m Reading Sunday’s Headlines That Call for Things Like Justice

Beirut

 R

And in another city I’ll never know

someone is razing the house

where I was born

with his left hand

while the right

builds from my absence

the house where I’ll die.

R

R

 

I’m Reading Sunday’s Headlines That Call for Things Like Justice

 R

I want stone
or a word for stone-
you can’t have both.

And though my childhood
spent chucking stones at
lakes, factories, friends

bled many mouths,
they have forgiven
or forgotten me

and in forever recounting to new
lovers, bartenders, friends
the sins acquired these first thirty years,

the repetition- stone stone stone-
has regressed to word
the smooth reality of stone

and the weighty joy in singing
silently my hands’ actions-
whatever their consequence.

R

R

R

 

 

 

(I’m Reading Sunday’s Headlines..’ was first published by The New Verse News)

John Sibley Williams is the author of Controlled Hallucinations (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and six poetry chapbooks. He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review, co-director of the Walt Whitman 150 project, and Marketing Director of Inkwater Press. A few previous publishing credits include: Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

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