horticulture

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i am plush

and easily broken, warmed butter woman

instead of hardening i will simply grow taller

though my muddy toes splay and sprawl into damp earth

cloud bottoms tickle my palms and wind dances between my elbows

i grin at the stars and my fingertips reach

reach reach clear across the universe

sunflower girl, vulnerable and untouchable

your first mistake was not realizing i could be both

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animal

what an honor it is

to be

half barbaric

half divine

animals made in the image, the heart, the strength of God

what a burden

what a reckoning

what a legacy

chosen to be partly of the heavens, partly of the wood

greasy, gritty, holy

licking our bloody chops clean before communion

washing the muck from our white robes; god-beast

 

can you be wholly anything when you are a half-breed?

i think we have it wrong

we do not have to tame anything

water crushes in waves and cushions your brain

fire comforts and ravages entire cities

divinity is just a different kind of wild