What place
in the world is left

where it won’t be a crime
to cool our feet

in the dirt
to let words ripen

in the jar
of deepest night

How many are left
of our kind

Can children play
in the soft dusk

without fear that every
feeling released

doesn’t change
into a foreign country

to which they’ve been
denied access


In response to Via Negativa: Swidden.

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