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wishes in fishes by River



begin


shoals of velveteen rabbits

run my fingers along worn

fur I clutch, nuzzle limbicly


f i l igr ee c a den ce


can you not

hear

strains beyond

blue

star coral kisses


My ankles warmed in salt and sun

velvet blankets round

foals and lambs

I cuddle

with

gentle ferocity


begin


Butterfly wishes basejump slow motion

land. land here. land. me.

moth powder I painted

so carefully across

powdered

kisses

land

land

here

l a n d

you


land


land

here


land

me


begin


ABOUT:


River (they/them) is a poet who lives where the Midwest meets the South in the US.

A child of diasporatic Appalachians, their work deals with the complicated nature of life through the lens of shifting identity, gender, and disability. River has children and a high-strung rescue Siamese cat with the softest fur.

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