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The Clerestory Podcast S1 E25

The Oklahoma Tenant Farmer and Me
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Kindred to a forest of birch,

a simulacrum of the body

I inhabit

for the time being

in this mortal manifestation

of woman.

The forest will rise and fall


as if Gaia has awoken

and her chest will heave,

and the forest floor will follow suit,

creating a circular flow

matching the repetition

of blood through veins

and back again.

Life beginning on a mountaintop,

running its course to the soil below,

Svadhishthana recreated

in the very same forest.

In this vale,

for now,

I am Gaia and she is me,

circulating our bodies,

until we

are one.

Rachel Sturges, currently a resident of Vermont, was the NH Youth Poet Laureate from 2019-2020. She has published one book of poems and is working on her second book.

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