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Lindsey Royce: An Offering

I want to go naked in the fields,

naked as hummingbirds

that sip from purple lilacs, iridescence

vibrant as the flowers’ fragrance.

 

In sunshine, bare-assed

as the day I was born,

but understanding

sun’s power to birth and kill—

both a kind of blessing.

 

Naked, I’d watch tanagers’ wings

beat with furious grace.

I’d embrace aspens,

breasts against bark,

intimate as lovers.

 

Death is immodest,

so I’ll give up shyness and sing love,

light as cottonwood seeds

drifting into whatever’s next,

into all that sustains, even me.


 

Copyright 2018 Lindsey Royce

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Western Tanager (photo: Audubon Society)

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