Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Prometheus Plays with Fire

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Prometheus Plays with Fire

Article excerpt

For Ed Hugetz

I.

"Poco a poco," she said.

"Si Abuelita," you learned:

Little by little

Piece by piece

We give...

We get.

We give.

But which way does it go?

The river runs to the ocean;

The ocean flies to the sky.

Poco a poco, we return

To where we were before:

Paradise

And its possibilities

.the luxury of love

.the threat of expulsion.

II.

When I was in China

People told me

About re-education...

About how the smartest

Resisted the longest;

About how the resisters

Where re-educated the most.

In the end, what worked

Was handing out shovels,

Asking men and women

To move a mountain

By hand,

From one site

To another.

Each hour, of each day,

Dreamers shoveled dirt

Into dump trucks,

Then watched

Full trucks empty

That same dirt

A 100 yards down the road. …

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