i am not in myself

i am not in myself

together

   my folds gathered and pierced with a soft, strangling tie

faithful to causes and identities i purport to embody

full

   dripping into the laps of others

able to silence the gnawing appetite within

empathetic

   radiating charity into the hearts of others

enfolding humanity in a thinly warm embrace

beautiful

  taking breath from strangers

redeeming average from itself

articulate

   sharp, pointed observations

penetrating - parry and thrust - to the heart of the matter


-Deonna Janone

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