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City Hall in a Time of War

by Julian Randall

I’ve been watching this Black boy fall
over and over again
not the way video      recycles the corpse
for once, nothing like that                                                                        He’s two
The age where the body is allowed
to be obsessed with its own volume
He runs in the fountain
Slips       rises again
his laugh becomes an endless flight
a celebration of limbs

Praise his shirt.
Praise the memory of a dusk spent
waltzing with what remains
The faces he sees reflected
names that only the river can pronounce now                                        His mother calls him
he grins   an effortless majesty
offers her each of his palms
rises  with assistance
the beginnings of wings
just visible in the last of the light






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