…………………………..– Viola Liuzzo, in memoriam

……..I

I still can see

the broken bird wing

car door

hanging open

the night

you were gunned down

on Highway 80

as we bussed back

to Selma

from Montgomery.

 

……..II

Let the music begin

its requiem

in the silence within,

the lost

light sound the earth,

the root

flourish, and faith

in what can be

walk the water once more

free of fear and terror.

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Bruce Lawder has published three books of poems and a book of essays on poetry, Vers le vers, as well as numerous articles on painting. In addition to Friedrich Hölderlin, he has recently translated work by Johannes Bobrowski, Georg Trakl, Paul Celan, and André du Bouchet. He lives and works in Switzerland.