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the name before the name before mine

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

the unknown has hold of me and its grip is strong as honey on the underside of a spoon


the unknown i mean is not the usual one the future the tomorrow of survival


but the past and what happened in the name of the name after mine and in the name of the name before mine


i do not know enough to speak i do not know enough to remain silent


there is a fear that holds me and it sounds like wind it sounds like katydids in catalpa


ah the tall grass of the days before i knew there was a before me


where do i live if there’s no home remaining where do i live if the home i helped build can never be mine and the one i was born into never was


- Jay Besemer


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