Rescue the Word

Marilyn Buck

[This poem is read by Genny Lim MP3 of this poem]

sacred words are in danger
fugitives, they seek cover
bury themselves alive
shamed by the profane
purposes they are forced to serve
dressed in lily-white lies

words are in danger
english only vows
to tear out tongues
exiled witnesses
to collective memory and homeland ties

sacred words are in danger
trapped, they hang on billboards
judas-goats to conjure deception

sing them    shout them
teach them
wear them
around your neck
amulets against amnesia

This poem appears in Rescue the Word and Inside/Out

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