But We Are Still Here
The babies on our backs can’t know
what’s left behind. The muddy shores where quahogs wait
to be pried from their mooring, the forests
of home no longer home. I was a brick-layer
gone south, for better work—I was an Antone
but too woman to keep it, so much and so little
of blood. It’s earth you walk on, lined with greed.
It’s just history—if you bleed on it, it’s yours. It’s just
land, so walk on it. It’s just a neck, so walk on that, too.
But you who freedom-yearn, on the Edge of the Woods
we welcome. We wipe your eyes of the long walk dust,
that you may see the generations ahead. We offer safe passage,
though Turtle’s back is shrinking, still. We protect the water,
what remains, because we, too, know thirst—and endure.
Listen: Kenzie Allen reciting But We Are Still Here