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Here is a poem by my brother written in the '70's. Wayne was an ironworker and great promotor of reading and writing to everyone around him .He read a thousand books and gave most of them away. I know, I have some of them. His wide expansive reading shows in his writing. Here's a good example.

An Allegiance We Could Make

By Wayne Jackson 1950-1989

An allegiance we could make
slow walkers, people
who look up to see what time it is, those
of us who hold hands
at the movies, hummers, yard
rakers, a slow wonderful
war fought in silence without
them ever knowing

                    Mondays we’ll sleep late, we’ll
make a stand, giving the histories that happen
away to passing jets, to
rotating signs, and our heroes have walnut stained hands, have
buckeyes in their pockets, pocket watches
                                They will be whittlers of wood, of ivory soap
                                The orders come from inside the head
                                 whispered remembered again and
                                 again, refusing what happens elsewhere, grinning
                                 at the dwarf spinning in the street
                                 We’ll make our slow stand
                                  on our front porch swings


Copyright © 1997 by Donald Wayne Jackson, All rights reserved

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