Fred D’Aguiar – Citizen, Ship

 

Fred D’Aguiar
Citizen, Ship

At this point, here, coordinates, 37.276170;-80.442667
At this time, August 19, 2013 at 3:19pm
I accept my losses and tally my wins.
I have lost a kingdom and gained a republic.
Take this valley stored among hills stacked
In a library whose shelves run for miles.
I am lost in its gradient to other worlds
But here you will find me at my best,
Leaning as I climb, my breathing loud
In my ears, sweat spilling off me
As this takes shape piece by piece, looking
For a name secreted here just for me.
Take it up with or without my name,
Try it, even if this feels cassava strange.