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Callaloo 24.4 (2001) 1212-1213

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Kevin Young

Wake me like a lake
after December, sugar--
The cold water
someone dips into, hollers
Baby, break the airlock
the fish feel safe under
all winter, looking up
through clouds of ice
to feet that seem like sky
Do not pass me by
like those roadside signs
offering p'nuts
tomato fresh
Drive me instead round
the bend, bananas,
crazy, coconut
milk, sweet sweet
corn scraped clean
off the cob--
I hate corn creamed
but for you I'd stay [End Page 1212]
lost in the maize
Or even open on up
a Green Giant can
aswim, au jus
Honey, I'll play
the kernel & you
can fire me
till I up & pop
Child, cradle
& grave me
Keep me safe or least
keep me
near--You are
the ruler & I the fool
Lady, leave me
dirty, near
empty & alone
as a motel pool.

Copyright © 2001 by Kevin Young.

Kevin Young is Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of To Repel Ghosts (2001) and Most Way Home (1995), selected by Lucille Clifton as part of the National Poetry Series and winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares.



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