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reunion-island

I’ve been allotted a parcel of land
for the raising of dignity, tax free

built a small hostel on Liberty Strand
I’ve been allotted a parcel of land

where the sunsets are grand
and all trails descend to the sea.

I’ve been allotted a parcel of land
for the raising of dignity, tax free

~~~

If you come as a guest, you will leave
as a friend with a present to use

as you please—though expecting reprieve
if you come as a guest, you will leave

with the feeling you could have believed
something better, felt less of a bruise.

If you come as a guest, you will leave
as a friend with a present to use

~~~

On this parcel of land, there’s no charge
for the stay. Who attempts to extend

his own reach can make use of the barge
on this parcel of land, there’s no charge

disappointment will only loom large
to the arrogant, fearing an end

on this parcel of land, there’s no charge
for the stay who attempts to extend

~~~

© Elaine Stirling, 2014

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