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water spirits, rising from the lake

August 13, 2020

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your ghost will drown me, but i am this water's child.
        it bore me in the creeks & soggy sutures of this town

& breathed in my cherub wails that broke the stingy air in two.
        give me your half. i will mend them together with this lake's

bone marrow and fish innards. but, what is broken cannot always
        be fixed, as you may know. take your head, for instance.

your skull is in threes, thrice struck by my crimson hands. so
        you make me a muddy child of this lake, draw a cross

on my forehead with your ashes, but this water is holy. 
        you shall baptize me with salt & blood & golden tears,

& i shall die a holy-woman, crowned with flowers & roots,
        bone & flesh. this water will consume me, and i will 

let my lungs carve themselves with some trifling desire to live.
        of course, you should have known better. water can be

persuaded, coaxed into submission with a well-placed prayer.
        fire has no master. it is ruination; ashes to ashes. 

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5 Comments
  • daylightprisms

    "your skull is in threes, thrice struck by my crimson hands. so
    you make me a muddy child of this lake, draw a cross" the religious imagery in this is so stunning


    4 months ago
  • ek503

    this was absolutely stunning, and I definitely look forward to seeing (and then admiring) more of your work :) it goes without saying, but welcome to wtw <3


    4 months ago
  • sunny.v

    gosh, you're talented. the vibe of this piece was gorgeous, and your word choice is impeccable! welcome to wtw! feel free to shoot me a comment on one of my pieces if you ever need anything! it's not often that we get a new talent like yours with such a lovely intro :)


    4 months ago
  • Dmoral

    that opening HAD me and your diction was outstanding and the figurative language was gorgeously brilliant


    4 months ago
  • Wisp

    This is glorious. And I fear any words to try to describe it will only tarnish its beauty.


    4 months ago