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"tomorrow's aim"

her hands were a lumberjack's so she could pick cotton for mom
while dad harrowed the soil for bonemarrow of the grandmother raped and murdered by soldiers
enraged by a mountain so steep.

now she weeps from sleep lost to spirits meandering onto tufted treacles from her mind.

and then she curves into corners of the child she left behind under bridges on the plain's road to the ledge of America,
or to the moon tugging the Pacific coast back to Asia.

Her eyelashes grow back from attacks to place and grace
with children bred for Appalachia's peaks over hordes of saming tamed for a stone to the aftertaste of yesteryears borne aborted.

"Don't feast on what you sired," shrieks the wind swirling cotton through knotted veins of a vesper sneaking into trees extinct except in tears.

Fears scrunch into a fear screeching haphazardly, "Leave it all alone."

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"J. Paul Getty viewed art as a civilizing influence in society and strongly believed in making art available to the public for its education and enjoyment. Acting on this belief, he gave significant pieces to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art starting in 1948. In 1953, he decided to establish his own museum to provide public access to his personal collection. He opened the J. Paul Getty Museum to the public in 1954. This small museum, established in his ranch house in Malibu (today, Pacific Palisades), housed collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture, and European paintings. Most of Mr. Getty's personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, after his death in 1976. The Trustees sought to make a greater contribution to the visual arts by expanding the Museum and its collections, and created a range of new programs to serve the world of art. During his lifetime and thereafter, Mr. Getty's philanthropy enabled the construction of the Villa in Pacific Palisades and the Getty Center in Brentwood, the expansion of the collections of the Museum, and the creation of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation. Historical records of the J. Paul Getty Trust's activities are held in the Institutional Archives at the Getty Research Institute...."

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