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Questions to Recover #19

by Robert Manaster

A little place
(from Genesis 19:20) 

A blue palm has spread over the cracked dry shelf.
What is the sound of tears dried out?
Pitter-patter the mind goes, slump goes the body.
Go forward. She hears God. Let’s get out of here.
She hears others nearby. Her feet spark.
She holds water, the wobbly heat in a pail.
She loves and knows it will not end by itself.
In her heart she holds their raw cries, and hers,
and hears their migrant tales. She cannot bear
to be told again not to look back for them.
Look, there’s just no other way for her to love.

Robert Manaster

About Robert Manaster

Robert Manaster’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Rosebud, Birmingham Poetry Review, Image, Maine Review, Into the Void, and Spillway. His co-translation of Ronny Someck’s The Milk Underground was awarded the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. He’s also published poetry book reviews in such publications as Rattle, Colorado Review, and Massachusetts Review. His website is

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