detail from Labels for Hair Ribbons by Manuel Ocampo a delectable selection of oriental appetizers
Wednesday, November 13, 2002


: . Bird in the Hand:

From the terrible stories:
    lorena
    by lucille clifton

    it lay in my palm soft and trembled
    as a new bird and i thought about
    authority and how it always insisted
    on itself, how it was master
    of the man, how it measured him, never
    was ignored or denied and how it promised
    there would be sweetness if it was obeyed
    just like the saints do, like the angels,
    and i opened the window and held out my
    uncupped hand. i swear to god,
    i thought it could fly.

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