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Aquatic Contraction

Those early months
In the amniotic sac
We cracked the physics
Of floating, rolling,
Lungs collapsed
In 99.7 degrees Fahrenheit
9% salt
Until the squeeze
Downstream
Through headwaters
Of our mothers’ bodies—
Four generations of women,
Of heat, upstream, now
Who crash the timbre
Of the status quo.

Aquatic Contraction

Those early months
In the amniotic sac
We cracked the physics
Of floating, rolling,
Lungs collapsed
In 99.7 degrees Fahrenheit
9% salt
Until the squeeze
Downstream
Through headwaters
Of our mothers’ bodies—
Four generations of women,
Of heat, upstream, now
Who crash the timbre
Of the status quo.

Ann Teplick, Seattle

 
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