The Rohingya at Olympic and Hauser

By Shaun T. Griffin

for Cody and Suzette


Trying to paint in the dust

of sirens, a burnished Mexican

man sprays bougainvillea

flowers from the patio.


How does the union occur—

this mayhem of art and exhaust?

in the backyard of my son’s

beloved, who sits in her room


typing notes for research

few will ever believe.  A light

breeze surrenders to the 

parchment.  The colors linger


to explain:  “Not what you see

but when,” and I catalogue 

the middling brush

that helped to carve a face


four thousand miles from here,

his family on a raft of bamboo,

the Buddhist river they defy—

to float from the hand of God.


Shaun Griffin is a poet and activist who lives in Virginia City, Nevada with his wife, Debby. Photo courtesy of Shaun Griffin.


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