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POETS IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISSUE

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

 

J. EDGAR SONG

Take me to the water
not the one surging into infinite
with its missions and imperative
but to the one hushed and brackish
where no one dares to picnic or swim

Take me to the water
there I will smooth away the contortions
dispel the heels clicking down the corridor
contingents from afar insisting on the one true way
perspiration beginning to form

Take me to the water
there I will flee he with the files and folders
accusations so tidy so pointed
names and images on the verge of display
the contents of these many years reduced to a box on the floor

Take me to the water
there I will disrobe in the circle of witness
of those who too used to slink and shiver and now will enfold me
the pine needles will brush my nipples the night sun will not retreat
as the wet darkness rises in greeting

 

 

 

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of three volumes of poetry, Uncle Feygele (Plain View Press, 2011), What Stillness Illuminated/Vos shtilkayt hot baloykhtn (Parlor Press, 2008; Free Verse Editions series), and The Insatiable Psalm (Wind River Press, 2005). He is a senior librarian in the Israel and Judaica Section of the Library of Congress. His website: http://www.yataub.net.

 

Published in Volume 13, Number 3, Summer 2012.

 

To read more by this author:
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub: Mapping the City
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub