Weather Report

 

The Roman poets

Under Ceausescu, Liliana

said, would codify opposition

 

 

to the despots in this manner: because

there was no gas and they were cold, everyone

was cold, all they had to do was write

 

 

how cold it is… so cold… and these

readers knew exactly what was meant.

No one had to go to jail

for that.

 

 

Liliana, in the dead of night

writing her poems

with gloves on.

 

 

I think I’ll take off my gloves.

It’s freezing in here.

There’s a glacier pressing on my heart.

 

– Tess Gallagher

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~ by shantam on April 15, 2008.

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