Karin Henderson

African Beach Market
(previously appeared in Stirring)

Southern sky-clocks hesitate, move backward
Unsold artifacts move hand-to-ground
Palms fly rooted, dolphins beg for mackerel
Bragging waves repeat their treadmill round

The moon has built a bridge to Madagascar
A silver opportunity. We could
Leave here; hovering sun wants me to ask her
I'd rescue rows of elephants in wood

Take palms, storm-pulled, spreading finger feathers
Invite beach surf, that yo-yo waterfall
Push toy drummers, wheeled on steelwire tethers
Summon dolphins, pool-penned, playing ball

Still, circling tinny drumbeats make us stay
To march on Durban Indecision Day


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