Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Adios 2012

by lizard

We may not make any best-of lists here at 4&20 Blackbirds, but it’s still an immense pleasure for me to express my opinions and share poems with the readers who stop by. Thank you.

This has been a tough year on many levels. I hope the poems I feature offer a bit of balance to the consistently critical political posts I write, though admittedly much of the poetry I select isn’t necessarily about butterflies and sunshine.

In that vein, my final post of 2012 features a poem by Joy Harjo, from her book She Had Some Horses (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1983). Enjoy, and be safe.


The Friday Before The Long Weekend

You come in here
drunk child
pour your beer
down the drain,
“apple juice”,
I can see you,
I can see
you, what you
are doing to yourself
is something
I can’t sing about.
I can point
to the piss yellow
drops in the sink.
I can see the stagger
in your eyes
glasses askew
your voice loud
uncertain bravado
and you come in here
to be taught
to take writing
but hell,
what can I teach you
what can I do?
Something shaky and terrible
starts in my belly.
The sour reality rolls over
in my throat.
I can’t do anything
but talk to the wind,
to the moon
but cry out goddamn goddamn
to stones
and to other deathless voices
that I hope will carry
us all through.

—Joy Harjo
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  1. d.g.

    Thanks for posting. Wish she had avoided the abstract “reality” and found a concrete image instead. “Sour” used as a noun might have functioned well.

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