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2006-10-09

Isabella of Castile
B. 4.22.1451 Madrigal / D. 11.26.1504 Medina del Campo
Christian doctors

Jeopardy for 500
"blacks jews and gays"
what is me at the beach, today with a holiday crowd
dressed in bathing suits or pants or skirts and long-sleeved striped sweaters
waiting for Columbus.

Every now and then
I raise my shoulders from the warm beach
to fill my eyes with light.
Little boys pass left-handedly clamping yarmulkes to curly heads
running to the sunlit waves to greet Columbus.

My sweater for a pillow
out here trying to shake a cold
onto the bottle-dotted sands;
observe to the southeast, Breezy Point, very clear; to the southwest, blue slumbering Jersey, afloat on a ribbon of haze
marking the way for Columbus.

Strangers make a nice change
and for awhile sun soothes a fever
until it doesn’t.
At my back three spiky ships detach themselves like rogue tattoos from Jersey’s shoulder and appear
bearing Columbus.

Consolation Site: La reina está en el infierno

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