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IX: A Flock of Rising Birds

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Poem / Rachel Dacus
( San Francisco, California )

Art / Hiroshi Watanabe
( Los Angeles, California )


Lotus, Haw Par Villa Gardens, Singapore






The Pen


Inky-hearted reed,
you trace a quest 
along a lean road.
You round earth's curves,
chase sunlight.
You bleed 
and words blossom.
Faithful follower, 
once I had a whim 
to reverse our order 
and let you lead
down a hidden path. 

In a clearing I saw
my heart's desire.
He turned and looked 
at me with eyes 
that startled words
into a flock of rising birds.



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