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Swaying Sovereignty

Swaying Sovereignty

written by: Rochelle Foles



irish moss hung from barren tree branches 
       veil of a ghost bride long after she’d been jilted

 gently, almost imperceptibly             moving in the dead still of the quiet bayou


 generations upon generations
               of ill begotten secrets hidden in hoodoo altars            of hollow bee trees

 multiplying in shadowed power          intent unknown save to a privileged few 
                                                                                carrying on the 
                                                                                                                    old traditions
                                                                                                                          in the face of those

                                                                     who would deny the wisdom and dominion of the ancestors

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