Communitas – Ray Davey

A procession of longboats
reflecting songs
native to sacred rivers.
Ours: the Moshassuck
the Woonasquatucket.


Colonial buildings kneel in prayer.
Hooded shamans
strike a spark
wood explodes.
Rivers burn


illuminating water.
Once again
we gather at riverbanks


to sing
a city reborn
in fire.


From smoke
eddies curl shadows
all along
lovers whisper.


coaxed away


the hips of this city sway
to the drums
the fires


to this moment


this purposeful light.

Ray Davey, the City Poet Laureate, was born and raised in Providence.

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