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The Spring

September 24th, 2013  |  Published in Blog

APRIL 10, 2013

from Thread of the Real
by Joseph Hutchison

Your chest’s like a grave
at a crossroads, and the dead
within it shiver: their spirits
rush … make your backbone
bend and dip like a hazel wand.

You touched your breast, told
the curious: “Here. Sink your well
here.” The timid refused. But one
labored to split you open—worked
with teeth gritted against even
your own curses—and drew up,
in the end, buckets of shadow,
nothing but shadow …

Then others came, called
hopefully into your depths;
now only the echoes flow
inside you, moaning
in fear or delight—
who can say? But the ache
of that music makes you thirst,
bowing to the secret spring
you’ve never learned
to drink from.


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