I, Too – Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
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Poem for a Rabbit – Gretchen Marquette 

Beside my car this morning, heart
like a cooked cherry, string
of pink gut, tuft
of fur. A rabbit is watchful,

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After Second Shift – Lowell Jaeger

She’s stopped to shop for groceries.
Her snow boots sloshing
up and down the aisles, the store
deserted: couple stock boys
droning through cases of canned goods,
one sleepy checker at the till.

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The Fisherman – Frank Ormsby 


The cowled fisherman
balances up to his waist
at the center of the Waterworks lake.
How bold was he, how tentative when

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