Dailies 4/19/17: reacting to being told to be brave, trying to avoid using the language of a captor, being confused, & orchids

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Diane Lockwood – Orchids
  They are hot and moist in operation, under the
        dominion of Venus, and provoke lust exceedingly.
                        —The British Herbal Guide, 1653

Such flowers must be used with discretion.

Love of them becomes obsession.

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Camille Rankine – Aubade

They say brave but I don’t want it.
Who will we mourn today. Or won’t we.

Black all the windows. Lower
down the afternoon. I barricade

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Robert Bly – People Like Us

      for James Wright

There are more like us. All over the world
There are confused people, who can’t remember
The name of their dog when they wake up, and people
Who love God but can’t remember where

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Shane McCrae – In the Language

 

I cannot talk about the place I came from
I do not want it to exist
The way I knew it
In the language of my captor

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