His Shaman Eyes

felt heavy 
as slabs of

like the pyramids. 

But only after 
he offered

prayers to
the unearthed,

cleansed by
the drumming,

a cold thunder on 
the dry mouth

of an Illinois Prarie.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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