I read Wallace Stevens poem titled...

...Like Decorations in a Nigger Cemetery.
Oh! I meant to say, the revered Wallace Stevens;
him being that noted poet of yesteryear.

If I were to have a word with the late great
Wallace Stevens, would I decorate; no, desecrate
his cemetery with Like Decorations??

Nigger is a name I'm referenced, it's not
the name I answer too. Tulips and petunias,
the lilacs and daffodils that will grace my grave;

the tombstone that will not tumble, given
the terrible tempest of wind will surely stand,
In the far South the sun of autumn is passing.

© 2018 by emmett wheatfall


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