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First True Leaf

green leafy plant starting to grow on beige racks

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It is not a steep edge so much as

it is sharp. The place here

and there must decide.

 

In one hand, the old leaf brittle and

precious, its purpose outgrown yet clinging

to a seed. The other hand opens wide.

 

It is time to let go. The leaf

body disintegrates as the

wind carries it away.

 

With it perish thoughts of

faults and limitations.

With it crumble excuses.

 

Full of intentions, the seed of a

magnificent future with

courage will take root.

 

Now, both hands are free

to climb, to plant, to hold on to

something new.

 

You will find it one day, that seed

sprouting, so green one weeps for joy as

the first true leaf is announced.

 

Life chooses again.

If You’re Looking

Public Domain. Zygmunt Gloger, circa 1900-1903.

 

most of my tattoos are on the inside

engravings of childhood stories, deep as a well

etchings of songs that crackle with each echo

impressions of memories, prettier as they fade

and of course

the scars

 

I used to decorate myself

with notions and intentions, superstitions and pretentions

then truth came, burning

 

I look rather plain now

all the beauty got buried

it’s not skin-deep anymore, you know?

 

but the marks that tell my story are still here

you can see them

if you’re looking in the right place

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