Best Poem of R.A. Burleigh

Melville
He would not go, not cease, not die
Despite the pain that he had seen
Despite the brutality he had seen
Despite his body cuts and boisterous bruises

He walked the twenty years to docks
Where boats brought civil goods
Iike flour to the sleepy bread-man
Like rivets to the grand blank towers

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I Thought About A Gift
for your Highschool graduation
in the deepest silence of my fooldad heart
eureka, Yreka, Wilderville, I shouted
at times lost in memories
I wanted to please and impress you
I wanted you to love me more
I dreamed that I would give you my most precious possession
I looked around the rooms where
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