My Neighbors in Lincoln, Nebraska

This poem was translated from its original French (included below) by Patron Kokou Henekou and Zócalo Poetry Editor, Connie Voisine. 

 

I have neighbors
at the corner of N 26th & Holdrege:
the police station and a tree that announces their proximity
to me. I find myself surprised to be happy about
this closeness at first. Did I say happy?
I think of better worlds hardly possible.
Now, each time I pass beneath this tree
I think of …

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