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By Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Axis of Logic
Axis of Logic
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

                       for Eduardo Galeano

“I'm a writer obsessed with remembering...”
                                   - Eduardo Galeano
Having heard them before,
sometimes when they are nowhere to be seen
i hear geese calling.
Is this, Eduardo,
how you were obsessed with remembering?
Once touched by something
that commands eyes skyward,
heart shifting its pumping,
the feet stopping in their tracks
so as to notice the tracks of another
this time geese in trackless flight,
once pleasantly touched —
forever remembered.
Were we not touched by some Maker,
all our lives a kind of remembering,
striving to recall that primal touch
the launching into unique fleshy form
perhaps sprung from something whispered in the ear
as one whispers to a child or friend embarking
on a new journey, imparting something
no one else can ever know.
And is it not the whispers we remember
longer than the shouts?
Yet still my head turns to hear
the beautiful clamoring of geese
across a sky i do not see
because they are not there
yet remembering,
and by remembering
more likely to hear
and see them

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is an essayist and resident poet on Axis of Logic. In addition to his work as a writer, he is a small press publisher and Turtle Islander. His new book is “Drive-thru Theofascism & The Hero's Journey.” He also hosts an audio show "Between the Lines: listening to literature online."

You can contact him via his literary website.


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