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The Concrete's Reciprocal
by Brenda Johnson
06/08/09
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re⋅cip⋅ro⋅cal  [ri-sip-ruh-kuhl] –adjective 1. given or felt by each toward the other; mutual: reciprocal respect.

This poem is dedicated to all the mothers who have lost their children to the epidemic of street violence in our land.
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The Concrete's Reciprocal


The concrete, trampled on, broken, porous, and too-soon old

absorbing his red warmth, resisting the creeping cold

It was hallowed ground now, inscribed by a stain indelible

In a language, too much familiar, but still illegible

So routine a ritual, even the sun seemed to no longer care

And danced irreverently in the darkness of his unseeing stare

Until wolf-like in form, she mourned, primal and unbound

The woman who knelt, unashamed, on this, her holy ground

Sharp chords of her despair chastised, dismissed the careless air

Connecting with a remnant of his spirit silently waiting there

Joined again, as once they were by the life-giving umbilical

She arose from the inscribed concrete having become its reciprocal


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