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Someone Leans Near by Toni Morrison

Post Series: Poetry Thursday

This week’s poem is in honor of the late Toni Morrison. Her writing brought attention and a conscience to some difficult corners of our society. Her work was a truly a gift to the world.

Someone Leans Near

By Toni Morrison

Someone leans near
And sees the salt your eyes have shed.

You wait, longing to hear
Words of reason, love or play
To lash or lull you toward the hollow day.

Silence kneads your fear
Of crumbled star-ash sifting down
Clouding the rooms here, here.

You shore up your heart to run. To stay.
But no sign or design marks the narrow way.

Then on your skin a breath caresses
The salt your eyes have shed.

And you remember a call clear, so clear
“You will never die again.”

Once more you know
You will never die again.

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