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Clade Song 10

Tree of Knowledge


            near the ball court of Dzibanche


He looked down so to number fruits on the wide-spread bough


            beautiful       tempters       did you lure to them?

 


yet low

             sub-luminary to the fresh high-metered Ceiba


long-thought bough       knowledge-vowed bough


            it bloomed and fruited     low swollen with humming thrum


loaded heavy       fertile fruits       weeping and ripe and juice-oozing


                                                      ( it is viscous! )

 

 

peripheral


            the heron and mango and mangrove


                  hold a place for the atmosphere of effortless


                                    forgiveness and wonder


                                        (we will be there! )


                  to appear

 


and so he was pleased with what he had made


rustle monkey     late mist     sacbe glistening

 


came then no day of Judgement


                       he didn’t even need to say it:


                  let the white owl descend


                        blessed bee

 
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Aby Aby Kaupang is a writer and an occupational therapist. Recent works include Radiant Tether (Verge, 2020),  NOS, disorder not otherwise specified (w. Matthew Cooperman, Futurepoem),  Disorder 299.00 (w. Matthew Cooperman, Essay Press). lives She lives in Fort Collins, CO where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.More information here