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30 Calla Lilies The Mayans plant their lilies in the corn, And in the clay along the streams and marshes. The women march to market under long And sturdy stems that look like gathered guns. Their feet are bare on paths of mud, their daughters Keep step behind them, shouldering the flowers Like land-bound saints with blossom wings and pollen Halos sifting down obsidian braids. Their pilgrim rhythm whispers in the leaves That blaze, full-blooded green, like shields and banners. The lamb-white lilies openly reveal A thrust of yolk-bright weapons, aimed and loaded, So earth will not forget to make more flowers. ...


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