Mercy for Sonny Mercer

Barbed wire tree sculpture by DesertTwigs via Etsy

Barbed wire tree sculpture by Desert Twigs, on Etsy

Barbed wire buried deep

in the fields I am grown in,

enmeshed roots, sods, earth

bound tight,

 

scented loam

holding light and rain and warmth,

rusting the wire,

burnishing…

 

Sap rising

sap quenched

BarbBitingFlesh

 

Devouring

Me.

 

© Julia Birch

 

 

 

Ocean

 

y__all_come_back_now_by_pandoraselezneva

Y’all come back now by Pandora Aselezneva

As I rise from the depths of the water

swimming through my bones

I am on fire,

breathless with the burden

and      release.

 

Lightening,

 

lightning crackling in sinew

and nerve,

 

seeds of light, burning

as they

fall

from

me.