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early on january one
by Anne MacNaughton
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I shake the hand
of the secretary of defense
near edge of pueblo racetrack
happy new year I say
tiny hesitation at first, a charming televised face
then open hand expensive glove
happy new year he says and smiles
the snowy peak above mud walls is suddenly exposed
by new sun
splitting stormclouds

from that spot where turtledance is sung
the death’s head at treeline isn’t visible
above macaw feathers’ red spikes
above the stomp of maskless kachinas
above rattles
foxtails bounce
feathers of all birds in their hair
above the beautiful men who open throats and sing

may we have peace
happy new year

©2003, Anne MacNaughton

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