Poet Jeffery Beam

Variations on a Malay Theme: The Changes

Cotton changes into thread.
                Thread into pants and jackets.
You let me go. Forget me.
                I've become another.

Many men show black locks.
                I hang bracelets on my arms.
Many say, Forbidden.
                I obey my heart.

From The Beautiful Tendons, manuscript.

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