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by Chessy Normile

The sky is full of lightning 

and the sound is coming in.


You’re alone, pulling weeds

up from the ground.


There is micah in the roots:

gold glitter clinging to the thread—


it’s terrifying to realize

anything all at once,


as the first drop of rain to touch you

makes you realize it is raining.

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