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Homage to the Mexican Muralists


09.10.19 Posted in today's words by

Max Reif’s most recent poem to appear here was “Leaving Oaxaca” (August 2019)

Homage to the Mexican Muralists
(Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City)

By Max Reif

I cannot know the nightmare
out of which
the world was waking
as I was taking
birth.

These artists try
to tell. They tell.
But I am deaf to hear.

I can’t descend
to that deep floor
of suffering, where
there isn’t any sky.

Somehow,
they witnessed
and endured.
I take in what
I can.



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