|All Writings and Images Copyright © Court Bennett 2010
Halfway around the world
The air is dampened Utah,
The smells are not.
Salt seas surround, cutting off the land
Sweaty mosquitoes pepper-buzz my red ears,
Welt my 2 a.m. arms
The humid perfume of erstwhile chemicals
Suffocates the uncarpeted room
A light dust coats the bare tile,
Fresh from outdoor yesterday’s breezes
My desperate, hope-filled prayers ascend
Enlighten, enliven, and give
(For the alien words are like those unwanted pests aimlessly colliding and
crashing in my skull)
Break down, remove the wall of my misunderstanding
Let the island waters recede
Connect me to civil lands
Let me be broken off no more.
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