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after Concha Mendez (1898-1986)

the oars
your arms


spine
the keel


your rudder
words

 
Your voice, siren poet
cannot draw men aside from war;
cannot bring one lone sailor
from your womb’s quiet harbour
safely through the breakers.


oars
arms


spine
keel


rudder
words


Concha, I call your shell up from the library stacks;
hold it to my ear;
hear you whispering
from Mexico’s dark beaches
all you lost.

Harriet Truscott

Harriet Truscott is a poet of Spanish heritage, now living on the edge of the Fens, in the east of England.

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