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Short poem

Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941-)

Blind Curse

              1You could drive blind
              2for those two seconds
              3and they would be forever.
              4I think that as a diesel truck
              5passes us eight miles east of Mission.
              6Churning through the storm, heedless
              7of the hill sliding away.
              8There isn't much use to curse but I do.
              9Words fly away, tumbling invisibly
            10toward the unseen point where
            11the prairie and sky meet.
            12The road is like that in those seconds,
            13nothing but the blind white side
            14of creation.

            15                     You're there somewhere,
            16a tiny struggling cell.
            17You just might be significant
            18but you might not be anything.
            19Forever is a space of split time
            20from which to recover after the mass passes.
            21My curse flies out there somewhere,
            22and then I send my prayer into the wake
            23of the diesel truck headed for Sioux Falls
            24one hundred and eighty miles through the storm.


5] from Mission, South Dakota, Sioux Falls is about 257 miles east.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Ortiz, Simon J. After and Before the Lightning. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1994: 24-25.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/6/30

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