Perhaps this anger has a gem hidden in it. Here is to the ancestors: I hear you, beloved ones!
Anger sifts onto me
from the ancestors;
into me, like a blessing.
Mom’s sparked over through holes she thought she had buried, by lust.
Grandma’s sparked, too, her eyes filled with tears and dust.
Those who went before are buried in unmarked graves:
Some died with the anger burning – seared hearts.
Some cried themselves to sleep and never woke up.
Some drank from the bottle of vodka forever (still…).
Anger churned: they tried to shake it out, or wash it out over steaming suds.
Some had stiff faces, took the beatings, never cried:
died with it, churning, burning, yearning for salvation.
Their yearning longs to make the foe a friend.
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Mary Elyn, what a powerful, striking poem. I was moved. Jim N.