Plants and Animals

in the spring
we told the breaking earth and the shattered wombs of the animal mothers
that their wounds would feed us
and they opened and opened
and opened.

on the harshest days, even on normal days
when we broke the soil, and when we rendered the mothers restless
we felt ashamed
we felt humbled
we asked for forgiveness

then,
in fall
finally the calm, the clear blue sky on wet earth
brought the wisps of green miraculously
to the table
for the feast
and we opened and opened
and opened

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