burial

by krstaten

you cannot wrest a plant from the soil
in these lungs. they have practiced drowning
long enough to know how to fill themselves
with anything but life. and it is only soil
and they are only lungs  and this body
is only clay. this is an art like sculpture;
molding a body out of these pieces,
and art imitates life and this body imitates
life, and maybe there are roots buried deep
in the soil but they burned with the rest
of the forest and they are only roots and they
are only ash and it is only a body and you cannot
wrest a plant from the soil in these lungs.

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