raven-blood, dog-blood, heated just below boiling
the formal ceremonies of owls after dark

salt pearl, rice pearl; bud from a particular time of year
old love, a lozenge dissolving slowly under the tongue

smear of red earth and water, controlled uprising of bees
prayer summoning what you exiled, naked, to ice or snow  

lie down and let the hands of the ancestors rove
get up as a lioness to shred the sheets you soiled

* prescriptions; Tagalog

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