Fluid dynamics

I wield trust at the point of a sword
carving arcs four feet out
to hold my carcass as a fort
with a lifted flag
in the occupied site of my soul

when that falls what will I hoist
but handfuls of sand
and water from my belly

then trust becomes the air I breathe
and my body as the earth

Ara Lawrence is a queer transgender lady from Michigan. A software engineer who’s secretly a theologian, and a theologian who’s secretly a poet. She holds an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and writes about bodies, earthly and fleshy.

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