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Can you please give a detailed explanation of the poem titled Albequerque Graveyard on the following site?

  • Interpret Poetry - , Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 5:43pm

    Can you please give detailed explanation of the following poem?
    Albuquerque Graveyard
    It would be easier
    to bury our dead
    at the corner lot.
    No need to wake
    before sunrise,
    take three buses,
    walk two blocks,
    search at the rear
    of the cemetery,
    to come upon the familiar names
    with wilted flowers and patience.
    But now I am here again.
    After so many years
    of coming here,
    passing the sealed mausoleums,
    the pretentious brooks and springs,
    the white, sturdy limestone crosses,
    the pattern of the place is clear to me.
    I am going back to the Black limbo,
    an unwritten history
    of our own tensions.
    The dead lie here
    in a hierarchy of small defeats.
    I can almost see the leaders smile,
    ashamed now of standing
    at the head of those
    who lie tangled
    at the edge of the cemetery
    still ready to curse and rage
    as I do.
    Here, I stop by the imitative cross
    of one who stocked his parlor
    with pictures of Robeson,
    and would boom down the days,
    dreaming of Othello's robes.
    I say he never bothered me,
    and forgive his frightened singing.
    Here, I stop by the simple mound
    of a woman who taught me
    spelling on the sly,
    parsing my tongue
    to make me fit for her own dreams.
    I could go on all day,
    unhappily recognizing small heroes,
    discontent with finding them here,
    reproaches to my own failings.
    Uneasy, I search the names
    and simple mounds I call my own,
    abruptly drop my wilted flowers,
    and turn for home.

  • Interpret Poetry - , Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 5:45pm

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  • Interpret Poetry - , Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 4:23pm

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  • Interpret Poetry - , Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:34pm

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