By the Little River -- Fanny Howe

Home is the water
I call home
blood thicker than brick
the river red with it

and walls supported
by spirits

When the marches and marriages
ended and days in jail

the way was work
In late night hours
work on the soul is the way
. . . but a third way
holds the second and the first
holds the third and all are called dark
when there is no work

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