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We were born on a prayer wheel suspended between the Hoodoo Pillars. Our hearts fluttered like beautiful twin omens, our legs were drawn up to our bony chests. The midwife examined our webbed feet and the loose skin behind our necks and pronounced us bird-headed dwarfs. Our eyes were deep reservoirs of things not yet plead.

Our mother was a nun who ran away from St. Isadore's monastery when her belly swelled with sea salt and ether. When we were born, her heart unfurled like a blanket and she wrapped us in her cashmere love.

We warmed ourselves on the terra-cotta earth, digging for milk and coral in the night. We ate pine nuts, chipped mollusks and kale scavenged from the butter caves.

We slept like phosphorescent starfish, clinging to red-faced pinnacles in the desert rain. We dreamed of spiral occlusions, of tender fish hooks, of sea snakes drifting in the wind.

We woke to an impalpable dawn and secret skulls in the sand.  Beardless flycatchers ached for luna.

This was the time before the birds began to die, when sea shells could still be found in Utah, before the world unhappened.

We were the bird-dwarfs of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. We flapped our fragile wings in the limestone amphitheaters, sang songs to our gods, and danced for our mother and the terrestrial archangels.  We were tiny shamans in a whirlpool of rock spires.

We were born to tell you this: The opening blooms at death. We have seen it. We wait for you in the rainwater mazes.

Comments

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jacq22
Jan. 24th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
Sureal, and so many images to digest, but the poetry and the way the words work together makes it a fascinating and different entry, well done.
createdestiny
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
minnesattva
Jan. 24th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
I love your writing so much.
createdestiny
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you. :)
nodressrehersal
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
You make it seem so real, so beautifully written.
createdestiny
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, my friend. :)
pixiebelle
Jan. 24th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
What a creative story with such beautifully written details. Very interesting and unique!
createdestiny
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words of support. :)
alien_infinity
Jan. 24th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
This was the time before the birds began to die, when sea shells could still be found in Utah, before the world unhappened.

I like this line a lot. :)
createdestiny
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
michikatinski
Jan. 25th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
<3 Beautiful.
createdestiny
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
whipchick
Jan. 25th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC)
Lovely prose-poem! I especially like "the world unhappened".
createdestiny
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Thanks.
noodledays
Jan. 25th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
such beautiful language and images throughout this. "before the world unhappened" - I liked this line especially well.
createdestiny
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading me. :)
karmasoup
Jan. 25th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Fascinating! Complex and melancholy, raw but powerful; hypnotically engaging.
createdestiny
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! :)
team_jessie
Jan. 25th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, complex and... comforting, above all. Terrific work!
createdestiny
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting. :)
frecklestars
Jan. 26th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
You have a way with words that is breathtaking.
createdestiny
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
yuniebaby
Jan. 26th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Amazing and lovely!
createdestiny
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading me. :)
myrna_bird
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous delivery!
createdestiny
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting. :)
marjory
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Beautifully surreal!
createdestiny
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
lawchicky
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, loved the flow to this.
createdestiny
Jan. 27th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading me. :)
blythe025
Jan. 27th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Totally dig this. :)
waveform_delta
Jan. 27th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
"The opening blooms at death" will likely be stuck in my head for the next week as my favorite random bit of poetry.

Also, thank you for spending a bouncing immunity on me to keep me in the running this week! You have my eternal gratitude for your support!
createdestiny
Jan. 31st, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I sent you a message....hope you got it.
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