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1Wise-Woman/A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave

A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave

“No” slips off your tongue like gravy

How you do that amazes me

I say “yes” because then

I think

Just maybe

I will belong

But for how long

Listen to the creak of the door

Your t-shirt has holes in it but you keep it anyway

I’ve been in your house

Tried to leave something behind

So the thought of me will float in your mind

I can smell the earth after it rains

I wear that perfume every day

To remind me I have choices

When there are too many voices

It’s time for me to go

Into the woods

To live in a hollowed out tree

Sip from a stream

Wet moss and termites

I’m afraid of turning into my parents

I can’t keep my eyes open

So much pain

On every level

Level with me

Are you real

Because I can’t see

Very far in front…

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