Haunted by Martha 1 It's true old people chew memories on their cuds. If they're not sick or burned up by inflation and forced to work at Wal-Mart for their home, getting older is actually a good time for reflection, which brings me to a NY girl living on a 1950s farm just north of DC. She didn't need to learn CRT* in school. 2 I played jacks with Martha. Ran in the fields with her, played hide and seek in her father's corn. She was whip-smart, funny and skinny ‒ ten years old like me. She lived in the tenant house with a privy. I lived in the main house with the wrap-around porch. My school was new, brick and glitzy. Hers was old and wood and dingy. She was Black and I am White. 3 Where is she now? Has life treated her well? Is she even alive? The 1950 US Census is out. I am listed there, but she is not. And our schools? I assume hers is long gone and mine has grown. Wrong. Mine is gone. Kaput. Under Rt 97 and a 20 ft long classroom wall collapse. Hers is a museum. *Critical Race Theory 80 syllables x 3
Bunker Tritina I spared no expense to protect my family the wealthy man declared. Obama's goal to out law guns could cause a civil war. I need some time to save my family from marauding gangs whose time will turn to hunting food and shelter. My family bunker 26 ft below will to keep those scoundrels out. It's not safe. You've told the world. I'm moving out, his daughter cried. Your White man's boasting is ill-timed. A homeless band of thugs will seize it for their family. . . . Now they've shot and killed our family out of time. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/21/us/kentucky-bunker-civil-war.html
The writing doesn’t stop. Most recent mini-chap: Paint the Sky with Red and Yellow Strokes (Origami Poems Project, 2022). Ten chapbooks. FootHills Publishing has released Martha Deed’s two full-length poetry collections, Climate Change (2014) and Under the Rock (2019). Other work includes Chasing Whitman (2019) by Huntington Historical Society, two Pushcart Nominations.