Signs of the Future in 1962

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After B-1 (1962) by Matsumi Kanemitsu

Focus on the pendant: diamond shape
wrapped in gold foil trimmed
with lavender silk embroidered
with a sunset-colored flying fish.

Focus on the pendant: the one solid object
in this neighborhood of memories
the one light in late late dusk
as factory workers shuffle past.

Focus on the pendant: dangling
from venetian blinds the one trinket
seen in tenement windows while
the last bubbe tends dusty plants
sings Yiddish to them.

editors note:

Temporal star gazing. (See the art that inspired the poem here; scroll down to find B-1). – mh clay

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