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Short poem

Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941-)

Storming Toward a Precipice

              1A diesel freight truck
              2roars toward us.
              3A precipice is no mirage
              4for its metal plunge.
              5It is headlong nevertheless.
              6"It carries its own storm,"
              7I say dryly, feeling
              8my tongue wet my lips.
              9Trapped steel storming,
            10the faint line just so,
            11                  just inches
            12                  just split time,
            13                  just nothing more
            14than luck keeps us alive.
            15The mirage of metal storming
            16is a precipice, no mirage.

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: 49.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/6/30

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