Saving the Innocents: A Fragment

I have brought you here for this singular purpose:

We will rescue the innocents I’ve marked.

You toss your Keats and declare yourself ready,

but I know how you cower, dreaming or not.

I know this riffling of pages, birds plunging

from the cliff, after-silence of low moaning wind.


Two projects are conflating here today: a nebulous, rambling, and mostly plotless prose-poem or poem-prose I’ve been calling Rose-Witch AND my continuing inspiration-tag with Jenifer Cartland of Poems from in between. I had written this line of hers in my notebook: “I ask you how will your innocence hold up.”

5 thoughts on “Saving the Innocents: A Fragment”

    1. Thank you for these encouraging words. This is one of those projects–frustratingly wheel-spinning, but I can’t let it go. The poetic revamping is a new thing…we’ll see…

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