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From Resurrection to Sunday

from  resurrection to sunday 
we cross off dates on the calendar
waiting for salvation
 
it comes in an appearance of mountain air
in the gas chamber of a city
 
silvery ants
drag stones up to the summit
rub against steel sides
 
itching
tracks left on the neck from a tight collar
 
under quilted clouds
 
© Aigerim Tazhi. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2012 by J. Kates. All rights reserved.