Giving Voice

Let Them Not Say
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Let Them Not Say by Alison Farone

Let them not say: we did not see it.
We saw.

Let them not say: we did not hear it.
We heard.

Let them not say: they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.

Let them not say: it was not spoken, not written.
We spoke,
we witnessed with voices and hands.

Let them not say: they did nothing.
We did not-enough.

Let them not say, as they must say something:

A kerosene beauty.
It burned.

Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.

 


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Originally published by the Academy of American Poets
Poem by Jane Hirshfield
Design by Alison Farone ©2017

 

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