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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
(1969)

Blazek, Douglas
Part III: poems of war and revolution: responsibility,   p. 362 PDF (699.8 KB)


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RESPONSIBILITY
we threw it
up in the air
like a bone after eating
like a broken radio
like a lead slug
threw it aiming at the sun
slooshed it into the trees
so it would come down
in all directions
& everyone grabbing for it,
a man called Europe
then a man called Asia
then one called North America
& somewhere playing
men called South America
Australia
Antartica
& finally
a man called Africa
picking it up & playing it
like a drum
hiding it
like a dollar bill
gymnastics or aesthetics
watching it tumble
like a beat up soft ball
362                            & waver
like a warped arrow
coming down on us
each time it went up
the ballgame
without pitcher or catcher
then
in one place
Joe & Whitey
Babe & Lou
Phil & Yogi
did the same thing
tossing
it
tossing
it
tossing
it
out in the open
where it can be defined
by its bounce
where it's
always up in the air
no pitcher or catcher
the ballgame floating
in dalliance
everyone responsible
only of wearing a uniform
standing in proper positions
& explaining why
the batter swings at nothing.


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