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everything left behind

what survived were our bodies.

our hearts, our blood, our bones

our skin who thirsts to hold the sun

our lungs blessed by shared breath

as we inhale each other in greeting

they left us strength

consumed from our fingertips.

our stomachs become steel

nourished by warm love

that settles in the food we eat

they gave us two mouths

soft lips with sharp speak

resistance in our blood

rides the rivers on the backs of both hands

in these life giving walls

in our memory bearing wombs.


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