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Life Affirming

wiping out all Aztec thoughts
hidden in my jungles, sweeping
the Inca off my mountains; plunder
this savage thinking for gold.
the most dangerous
of quests, secure in richness,
knowing that either I succeed
or fail, but will be reminded in years.
after which i am forced
to eat my compulsions, like
dogs and horses, that can
no longer carry me the way, to possessing all loss.
green & brown voices
i reach out to touch the
last lost city of breath, my hand returns bitten &
bleeding but maybe the air itself is insane.
finally & one day, I return
from the sun in scatters
armour in shards.
your hand passes right through me.
                                                   For Adele Susan Ling

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