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We belong to a world of water
but built lands atop it
and shrank from our fires—

—fires that try to reclaim vastness
reclaim the mirror of endless sun.
bouncing light back and forth, infinite resonance
what fine brilliance

it must’ve been.
before us
before we ever tasted the (glass staining) smoke

before there was ever anyone to marvel
at the wild world
before we ever knew “broken”

In volcanoes, in the sky, in our hearths, in our cities
like handing out poison in rain drop quantities
to every crack it will fit into

We belonged to a world of water
but turned it to fire

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