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Ribcages Like Guardians

Ribcages like guardians

If there is a way to see through,

each bone,

like blinds,

shading away,

allowing just enough light…

then I would gather views and shadows

and offer them...

with each backward bend

with each collar bone crack,

loosened jaw,

tracking my trachea outward,

to a lightness

that reminds me

of the gift of swallowing…

offering syncopal relief,

blood flow steady and strong

because the lightness of life

requires the heaviness of feeling.

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