Why we are truly a nation 

Why We Are Truly a NationBY WILLIAM MATTHEWS

Because we rage inside 

the old boundaries, 

like a young girl leaving the Church, 

scared of her parents. 
Because we all dream of saving 

the shaggy, dung-caked buffalo, 

shielding the herd with our bodies. 
Because grief unites us, 

like the locked antlers of moose 

who die on their knees in pairs. 

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