Lisa Birman: Sonnet for the word ‘citizen’

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This particular set of loyalties
this laying down and raising of the sword
This worshipping of blood and of chance
sometimes of will, sometimes loss

Allegiance being a thing to be born/e
a weight and a birthright
There is no such thing as an unmarked man
there is no such thing as a nation

This desire for passage
for staying / still
This yearning for a roof
barring of the door

The memory of a country

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