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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 50

Getting to Blue


Like Japanese children, I summon
Baku to ward off nightmares.

Achieving blue requires labor and passion
that nocturnal reveries are zapping.

In Tai Leu, Laos, aging dyers toil long hours
to process indigo—fermenting leaves,
spinning cotton, dipping hands in vats of blue.

But the creature with his lion frame, elephant trunk,
and tiger paws, also devours happy dreams.

Making the route to bliss a challenge,
a lane lined with blockades and danger.



  Amy Barone