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Hello, Shadow

from Rima by PREE

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Little girl, I think you're peeling
off a coat you're meant to keep
It wraps you tight
so why the chatter-teeth,
the tugging at the sleeve?

No pick-pick-picking does you good
It grows as it should
Still talking tender as it bends 
the very marrow underneath

It's safety-pinned along her hem 
in case she points her toes against
some other gravel road that grows
and travels through the skin
and speaks a mocking click-n-clack
that doesn't know an end
until it meets her on the walking-back 
to counsel as a friend

"Hello, Shadow—good to see 
a sight familiar on the road
We share a common pair of feet,
not a common travel home”

Said the Shadow: "Better leave
the Sun to learn another face
He won't need you when he's done
You won't have to set a place

And though I know a twice-seen rock
can talk you into such a state,
you'll live to see your pockets burn 
with each and every name you learn

Here's hoping by the time you make it
‘back’ is not the same.”

You're on your own this time around
and you can see your own way down
just like you saw yourself
to every table top and shelf 
that seemed so high from far below
when up was still a place to go 
and not a thing to leave you
when the soil met your toes
and turned them brown
Brown, muck-brown
No, you don't get to pick a cloud

Don't tell me you want a hard life
Was boredom such a long, long fight
to wade through and sleep with
and draw your breath to sigh?
To swear at as you turned to find
your toes on a road she trailed behind?
And home is hardly what you mind
You keep to a road she trails behind
So don't tell me home is what you mind


from Rima, released May 5, 2015


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