Ode to the Familial Village by Katie Aliferis (Lucent Dreaming 5)

How I let you nurture and nourish



How I let you educate and eradicate



How I let you torture and torment



I let you break down my mind

and everything I thought I knew



I let you break down my body

now empty

an ancient amphora—dried and cracked—

crumbling under your granite heel of history

fragments crushed beneath the feet of Titans



Until I am nothing but dust



Blown through the ethos into the earth

where a sculptor scoops me up

works me into her clay

moulds me into a phoenix



Forged and fired



Rising anew



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