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Green Shoot from the Funeral

Gang members shot to death a rival
A week ago. These streets are tribal,
Protection needed even for the tough.
Here, some will kill to guard an inch of turf.

At funeral–some sniffles, tears, and mumbling sound
Of prayer. And mention, not of turf, but common ground.
Posted 08/08/13
from Sky Above the Temple (Rose Alley Press, 2012)
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