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swallow

the children sit by the shore line swallowing shards of broken glass. broken bottles tossed from boats by old men remembering each other. they wish for touch and life jackets. they wish for adult arms to catch them as they tumble off broken swing sets.   most of the glass is broken bottles tossed through storms, whirlpools and drownings but some are left with messages in tact: "the way i love you terrifies me" "you are my compass" "i need you like breathing" "i think they saw us" "one day we'll be together"   the letters are spotted by ocean blood and tears aged and faded by sunbeams begging for the waking breath of sunrise the tender steady holding of...

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holy water

last night i dreamt of daniel high school boyfriend number 3 buzz cut he always smelled like roaches and old spice crinkled small bills pressed flat the clickshutripopen of ziploc freezer bags he sat on the bed asked me to oblige him i said, “i’d rather not” he whined “i thought you loved me” i wonder: what did he expect? this skin will never welcome him like safety these bones still remember the shame of not being|believed   and for the first time he dropped old boys club allegiances felt the scrape of broken trust across his skin from this i have become convinced that squirting is kin to the gushing tears of sacral trauma|centuries old that hands inside cunts can...

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firewood season

love affair with a mouse fed cat turning round on shoulder pin point warm whisky whiskers brush cheeks   roads cobblestoned of shit and straw dirt birthed beneath rain boot steps chainsaws cutting through overcast   sap sizzles smokey in the stove living room hearth no south facing candles needed   recently seasoned cast iron pan soup pot cauldron kitchen witches summer savoury   canning lid opened for the first time peaches and cream winter solstice elder berry hot toddies   morning light through shower window tears drops gather on plastic flush steam pillows   snow: top of inhale ice: bottom of exhale frozen bouquets of medicine   wood splits straight down queerwood|knots tetris   tattoos of dirt creosote bacon...

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bellies: a new moon love poem

bellies are queens sitting on thighs like thrones bellies are cheesecake topped with cherries bellies are rose petal oil and blanket forts bellies are trust woven of exhales and intuition bellies are home smoked dripping maple bacon bellies are sprouting grounds for old souls bellies are wombs of grief and ocean secrets bellies are grandparents holding lipstick secrets bellies are chalices for blood and truth telling bellies are mahonia usnea old forest wisdom bellies are bubbling cauldrons of love potions bellies are whispering mugwort sweet nothings bellies are the bubbling froth of root beer floats bellies are handfuls of waxing moon prayers bellies are fighting an abundance revolution bellies are holding hands and blowing kisses bellies are goddesses drinking true...

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