Friday, July 3, 2015

poems: 4 for John



     John McCamant died May 6, 2015 at the age of 82.  See here.


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1.  A rainbow of difficult flowers

                        for John McCamant



At a meeting of over a hundred, the gardener

sunflowers bending down their heads

in hot afternoons


faculty and students


spoke of Chile

before the hammering rain


against the CIA which murdered Allende

and disappeared so many

so many flowers


who would have thought

sunflowers


death would have undone

purple or gold potatoes


John said to his colleagues –

ripped from the soil



perhaps you will not vote


stored

for winter


turning mountain soil

as Andean farmers


you will not oppose

the CIA   for murder

quinoa



perhaps

you will vote


orange seeds of the purple


against the distortion of what we do


indigenous


I myself once

White Mountain Farm

believed distinguished papers



 mother grain


El Mercurio

the Times of Guatemala



that print

heads cut off



the opposite of the truth



2. Solace


Once when I was alone

the farmer had me over


alone


fed me dinner from the garden

talked me



through the night



3.   Seed


John put me on to Vandana Shiva

Indian farmers cultivating a thousand 

Navdanya

against 6 corporations



like Inca quinoa farmers


sued them

Texas rice



whose curse


extinguishes basmatis



haunts those who would bring it

 “copyright”


North



4.  The business


John’s farmer partner

raised cows as friends


slow eyes

shit plop ping

eating wild grass



but had to kill them


sold the beef

to be eaten

over the winter


by urban folks like me


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