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At home


i.m. of the Amish

who erected Huntington Historical Society Poetry Barn, Long Island


Bloodied by the rain today on the island, by sand and waves

by the pack horse trails and tales of Indians along the way


here on the island. Bloodied by today and the waves and the rain

here today on the island my legs scratched by blackberries


as we followed the trails of Paumasett, Montaukett, Shinnecock

and Dutch settlers here on the island and the Amish, who built


this barn in one day, opening the sides flat on the ground like a

wooden-petalled flower and it rising up to the sky and the rain


fat as houses, lightning zagging my eyes as I wake

here, at home, on this island.