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Hesitant to release my heels, the earth
calls to me. Holds my feet one moment
too long. I once dreamt of being rooted
so firmly that I could not be moved,
could not be shaken.
Many times I fantasized dancing until my feet bled
into damp earth and where the fresh crimson scattered virulent
or otherwise soil was made fertile lifebloom petals bramble
thorns weeds because who am I to place value
on anything that aches to live?
I can’t sit, can’t lay my back to the ground. These woods
have grown quick, the trees warped and twisted
without a moon to guide them. Gnarled fingers
branch towards me, beckoning. I know, now, that to follow
means I won’t find my way back.
Father gift me with rage let me be
what Wrath was named for make me new
in the image of tempest of maelstrom of
elements wrapped around one another
until they are a gown a body a host
of destruction and intent
Because I am not angry. I am tired.
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