Prose & Poetry

welcome home, starling

you are safe now

Synonym

Synonym

 

To learn your body as
a synonym for shame:

out of learning how
to hold your own hand
when you need it
the most. 

To learn this love from struggle,
from cutting yourself on safety net wire,
from throwing yourself into saltwater
in the hopes of satisfying the fire. 

As if you had no other way
to learn from this, thank

to name yourself soft
to name yourself stone
to name yourself home 

when they refused to
house you into one. 

To break your body as an act
of survival, only to heal into
bruise, into love letter. 

To live, out of fear of
dying in their fire. 

To live, in spite of it all. 

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