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Toughens us down, strips
Our hearts to tangles of tree limbs.
We stain against the ripened sky like clefts
In clay. Blood-burned sulfuric soil.

Then we make our lives of it.
Cracking shells, our pecan valves
Finding surprise

As we thump the land.
Valuable, for the toasted flesh

Inside.

Home

Toughens us down, strips
Our hearts to tangles of tree limbs.
We stain against the ripened sky like clefts
In clay. Blood-burned sulfuric soil.

Then we make our lives of it.
Cracking shells, our pecan valves
Finding surprise

As we thump the land.
Valuable, for the toasted flesh

Inside.

Marcas Mac Liam, 26

Seattle / Opa Locka, FL

 
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