October 30, 2019

a crow flies by the window I reflect on
the shadows I can’t will out of my thoughts


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October 29, 2019

Lineage

With our cells
replacing themselves
every seven years,
at forty-nine
I have completed
the seventh generation
of the molecular
arrangement me.

Remembering
that the Iroquois 
Confederacy 
made decisions
with seven future 
generations in mind,

I wonder
what conclusions 
from my cellular past 
contributed to 
this me generation,

but also when 
I should gather 
my cells in conference,
start planning 

in preparation for
my fourteenth 
generation
turning ninety-eight.



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