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Miss Sopa

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Sopa Abraham Botswana Jonson

b. 1907

She knows the best clay to eat

is through woods by the shore.

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Slick on her tongue, blue-gray,

smooth, it rumbles like thunder

between her time tough teeth.

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She names the wild horses

that eat grass by her shack–

loves them like her people

who are all dead now.

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She’s the last one left

on Grandmother Island,

the last one to smell sweet

magnolia rotting on the path.

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The last one to weave baskets,

laugh, tell ghost stories, scrub

her clothes on a washboard.

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She feels the spirits of kin

sway in mossy live oaks.

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But her eyes are too old

to see bright lights grow

on the deep pink horizon.

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She does not know the high

market price of her heritage.

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She cannot hear real estate

snakes slither on the edges

of her quiet island, waiting.

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Julie Buffaloe-Yoder

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Miss Sopa was originally published in Plain Spoke

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For another Miss Sopa poem, click HERE.

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To read some background about the great lady who inspired Miss Sopa, click HERE.

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My poem, Miss Sopa, is in the December issue of Plain Spoke.  It’s not the same Sopa poem that appears on this blog, but it is inspired by the same woman.

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Plain Spoke is edited by Cindy M. Kelly and comes to us from Amsterdam Press in Ohio.  I love all of their work and have been introduced to many poets and writers through their pages.

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This awesome cover photo, Step Right Up, is by Christopher Woods.

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The featured poet in this issue is Marty Walsh.  His poems are excellent, and I am particularly fond of his poem, Ghost Town.

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Marty Walsh lives in Winterport, Maine, and his work has appeared in many journals and reviews.  His book, Furniture Out in the Woods, is out of print, but I am determined to find a copy when payday comes, because I dig his style.  If you have known me for more than five minutes, you’ll know that I would think Furniture Out in the Woods is the coolest title in the world.  He is currently working on a second book of poetry, and I’ll keep my eyes open for that one, too.

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You can order this issue of Plain Spoke HERE.   You can also order past issues and other books by Amsterdam Press by clicking on the right hand side under “seller’s other items”…or just click HERE.  In addition to Plain Spoke, there are excellent books at Amsterdam Press.

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There’s also a great review about the spring 2009 issue of Plain Spoke at Newpages.com.  You can read it HERE.

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Of course, I enjoyed it all.  Every issue of Plain Spoke is a pleasure to read.  Many thanks to Cindy M. Kelly for including my poem in this one.

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