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Daughters Temporarily Lost Inside the Warehouses of Men

Paul Haeder: we expect daughters to lift above old gray men, tribes of combatants men old at two decades recalcitrant and know-it-all's old seedless corn stalks desiccating in their own winds

For Lisa, in this time of unknowing, now, Nov. 6, 2019

Daughters Temporarily Lost

tea leaves talk to sisters
mothers see moons before phases
grass sewn into gowns
root vegetables boiled
to ease the cramps

they bury placentas
grounding children, daughters tied to
aunts and soils, gardens
shaved with female hands
tokens planted at all
corners of bounty

we expect mothers to saddle
office chairs, push paper, draw
blood, shuffle like tin wasps
stuck in traffic, children
lost ducklings, panicked
smothered by the tables, chairs, books

we expect daughters to lift above
old gray men, tribes of combatants
men old at two decades
recalcitrant and know-it-all's
old seedless corn stalks
desiccating in their own winds

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women harbingers of family blood-
lines, forced into exile of paralytic
heterosexual white male dullness
creative touches torched
by male-dominated exchanges
sports-war-money-things

how do you retrieve daughters
lost in this ambush of stupidity
how do you relearn night
songs of birthing and menses
how do you bring daughters, nieces
granddaughters back

we are off orbit, time mashed up
by Christian overlords, exchanges
set only to shekels-dollars-pounds
the sterling and gold standard
weapons against women towns, pueblos

a family now a census stat
tax write off, insurance
for the male line to move on
deeper into the morass
of the male line’s making

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Paul Haeder