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precipice
by Jessie Badillo Snyder

    It is somewhere in time how a mother must die
   Where a typhoon slaughterhouse reveals a quilt
  Where bullfrogs puff their toxic cheeks out
    And maximum prison terms are kneaded as bread
      Where a ghost stuffs itself with wishful thinking
       And the sea rolls beyond an invisible shoreline
      Where surfs rise and descend several miles deep
       Down to the Cape of Doom in the earth's bowels.

         From there, no one completely herself may return
       Even as an octopus squeezes into a poem's hole
      Should a jellyfish comb into our own bad dreams
       Swallow the body of water it houses and discards
       A world that slowly pleats itself an umbrella skirt
     That balloons upward and swells in fierce winds.

© Jessie Badillo Snyder

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