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I AM NOT A NATIVE OF THIS PLACE

I AM NOT A NATIVE OF THIS PLACE

I am not a native of this palce.(Yosimasu G.)
Nor yet a stranger.
With the rst of you
I hunt for shade
My boots half off
To let the air through.
My head is on my shoulders
& is real.
I plant cucumbers
Twice a year
& count the bounty.
Often I read
The papers
Standing.
I am clean & pure.
I carry buckets
From the pond
More than my arms can bear.
Under a full moon
Fish appear
Like flies in amber.
The words of foreigners
Invade my thoughts.
The hungry hordes
Surround me
Wailing through their beards.
My fingers tingle
Feigning speech.
I havea a feeling
That my tongue
Speaks words
Because my throat
Keeps burning.



Poem I AM NOT A NATIVE OF THIS PLACE - Jerome Rothenberg