whoa be thankful for my mosquito lover
leaving her kiss on my body for days to
come what would be thankful that I am
wanted by the earth there’s no one else
waiting to hold my body again whoa be
thankful for the beasts who have laid
down against their will so that I may
nourish what would be thankful for the
warmth of the full stomach the summer
sidewalk my grandmother’s jiggling arm
whoa be thankful for the cool of the
frothy Pacific the crisp pillow the
popsicle now melting down my hand what
will be thankful for the ridges in the
redwood the guide the SAP that scratched
the black bear whoa be thankful for each
ring in the red bark each wrinkle in the
knuckle what will be thankful for the
wood above my head that meets the water
and does not rest even when invited whoa
be thankful for my sister who meets the
water from my cheek and does not rest
even when invited well will be thankful
for rest with it’s unrelenting
invitation well will be thankful for the
day I finally acquiesced and when I do
may the roots of a small plant find me
in the earth hold me in its sprawling
embrace say nothing of my name and
survive the winter
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