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Beginner’s Guide to Incarnation


Confusion; the strange

new sensation of light

teaching you darkness.


The panicked paroxysms

of a half-born chrysalid—


the fevered dance,

the skirmish of mottled wings,

still slick from the pupa


& a voice, pleading: Go back!


Back to some suspected

uterine oblivion—

Maya Owen