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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 of Providence Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2016, was born and raised in Providence.