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"Sojourner," a poem by Erica Vital-Lazare

                          For Mary S.


Step on that line, she said

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no demon-soul nor strife

may cross it, no bullet fire

nor unclean force

may ford it.


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Step on that line. She said,

lightning ‘cross its path,

it break it, hunger spring up

'neath dry tears, it slakes it.


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Dust that stops the unclean

mouth, it clears it

fever at the bone, it heals it

mercy at the cross, reveals it.

It revels in the journey

that finds us here.


Step on that line

                        She say

Take it into the throat,

the hand, the heart

                        Step on it


Defy it to be anything

other than what it is.


Erica Vital-Lazare will be one of four poets — the others are Dawn-Michelle Baude, Jamison Crabtree and Joseph Langdon — who read their work during "Poetry in the Dark" at The Writer's Block, 8p, August 27. The poets will read in complete darkness. Reserve your seat at