2 December 2004 | Vol. 4, No. 4

from above

this journey is like
you are going to heaven
– Lost Boys of Sudan

or you may arrive by helicopter

(a way to kiss over paperwork)

in this form of migration

true or false is

children laugh & slap at water

someone must leave a village

to arrive in a city

first love then bombing

(or, fill in the blanks)

from village to town to _____

turnstile love is a country when _____

on horseback to aim a rifle you must _____

(now, translate into a mother tongue)

from above everything looks

& in this manner the river becomes a drum

About the author:

Adrian Lurssen's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Fence, 580 Split, Five Fingers Review, and Word For/Word. Originally from South Africa, he lives in Northern California with his wife and children.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Adrian Lurssen at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 4, No. 4, where "from above" ran on December 2, 2004. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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