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The Half King

What reigns here is not a king

but confusion so great half

the people think they really have

a king, making him Half King,

the name of a bar in Chelsea

owned by a friend of a friend

whom I hope someday to lend

advice at his place by the sea,

which was falling to pieces

when he bought it from someone

as famous as he has become,

though not on the level of Jesus,

who watches over us all,

waits and waits for us to call.

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European

Toro, Tory, name your country,

I’m not here to call you names.

The last train leaves in an hour

unless it bursts into flame.

There’s no room for your kind

says the man next to me.

His eyes stare at the floor—

our shoes are countries.

His boots are Italian,

mine loafers from Spain.

His glare’s Sicilian,

my tongue is in pain.

NATO holds us together,

two birds without feathers.

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Weave

From the mosque the muezzin calls

through speakers on minarets,

sounds that weave down every alley,

that find me where I lie

and lure me toward another prayer.

I stay in a slum, don’t bat an eye

when people cry at the door.

I can’t close it on those

who wonder why I’m here at all.

I follow directions when they’re given

in language I don’t understand.

I watch the Turks as they converse,

watch their hands weave the air,

how they tell their stories here.

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