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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm now lives and works in Lima, Peru. Two novels and a poetry collection (TANGENTS) have been published in the UK. Her latest poems have appeared - or are forthcoming - in US poetry reviews. Among others: Toe Good Poetry, Poetry Breakfast, Morgen Bailey, Burning Word, Muddy River Review, Pale Horse Review, Pirene's Fountain, Other Rooms, Requiem Magazine, Full of Crow, Poetry Quarterly, Punchnel's, Avatar, Verse Wisconsin, Naugatuck River Review, Boston Literary, Ann Arbor...

Rose Mary Boehm

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We Can't Remember

The dinosaur's vertebrae an endless
line of tuning pegs, a hide spanning those ribs.
Beat it with the tibia.
Minstrels. Griots. History keepers.
Beat the drums.
Call out. Catch the dream.
Tell our story.
Of gods, kings, betrayals, pain,
kindnesses, waters, spirits,
of witches, sacrifices, evil, suffering,
and of terrible lizards.

Stories whispered by the winds,
laid bare by mudslides, squeezing out
from under boulders, taken from the sand, carried by the sea.
Once I knew about dragons.