Incipient / Ash spark as the first drop of blood hits hallowed land they stand heart emotionless towards those that move in rhythm with the earth rooted to stay at one with her they stand they conquer and through generations we suffer but defy the pain and continue to muster the breath to just be she stands in shadows she hears the beat and connection but is too interrupted for a shared pulse the roots are forced to duplicate stagnant wounds they stand and we have no resting they stand and we still lay gasping at air rich in iron and the mocking stare of the child left behind She invisible/visible they stand not recognizing her they stand not weary of her knowing smile they stand arrogantly consumed in forever days of bloodlust, lashings, brutality, denial, and a systematic reproach of the thin thread of sway she abides to the earth she stands by the side of the road she speaks past the warning she is told and the spark growing blood orange ambers in her veins manifest the origin of the last fire making the downward spiral to degraded soil blood feeds the fire winds lash temporal skin trees crack open with shorten cries she rages a fine brutality systematically delivering land out of deceptive borders they no longer hold space to stand weary forced back into the ocean she lays on torched land soft rains raise hidden minerals smoldering and glowing she is feared by many lost in their distress distrusting this new formed terrain the few knowing cultivate her connecting her veins deep into the newly birthed soil placing remaining ambers of the last fire in protective covens they dance gentle on her body and sing a mocking of the beat that connected us all so few generations ago she rest she is moist she is devoted to those knowing she lays new seeds to give and forgive all that slowly stand in the view holding the thickening thread of sway her final release is a vow to never let another drop of blood hit hallowed land.
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