12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

April 13

i don’t pray to god
it’s not
that i don’t believe
in something, or
that i don’t fold words up
paper aeroplane them
to a mystery destination

i suppose
there are two absences
on this earth
Kendra and Heidi
fill an otherwhere
that is actually quite a big somewhere
on the inside of me
to whom
i hope
land my messages
for the unfolding

cousin and grandmother
on the opposite side of my constellation
both flew the same year

the day after my birthday

precisely five years to the day
i crashlanded into the side of the mountain
that has become home

it’s to them i pose my queries
when the paper slips under the fingernail
when the colour has been blotted from a new way of being

to Kendra
when the sublime becomes ridiculous
and a cackling laugh is required to split the air

to Heidi
the one who stamped out the path
whose blood recalled the hills near here

as easily
as hopefully
as if they were daisies at my table


Tell me wotcha reckon

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