Clifton again

what spells raccoon to me
spells more than just his
bandit’s eyes
squinting as his furry woman
hunkers down among the fists
of berries.
oh coon
which gave my grandfather a name
and fed his wife on more than one
i can no more change my references
than they can theirs.

Lucille Clifton, Next (BOA, 1987)

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