MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh

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kin to earth

when the very minerals

that make up rock

strengthen my bones

and give me form

kin to sky

when the oxygen

i breathe

is carried on its

tidal ocean

kin to plant

when we exchange

exhaled oxygen and carbon dioxide

to sustain each other’s

life–however brief

kin to beast

when instinct bids me

protect my young ones

shelter, nourish and nurture

though, i, too, lack insight

to understand why

mjNordgren 2/14  N