Poet's showcase

She Who Speaks Whale-Tongue

By Emily Bobo


I am the record keeper,

singing songs of the ocean.

I sing the history of Mother.


I am not she.


I am sister, wife, lover, friend.

I am traitor, teller, bankrupt songster.

I am a collector of peoples,


pieces of story.


I am the one who sits quiet in deep water,

the one you don't notice not-breathing,

the one slowly absorbing you.


-- Emily Bobo is a writer living in Lawrence. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.

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