Then Everyone Will See You – Terrence Abrahams

            after Spirited Away

           

taught to be a better    than other girls                        I was




the root of the issue     was the wind   taste of salt     




mud     medicine          dragon blood thick      and sweet       




over and over  child    like      stupor over and over  boy-body




unfolding in real time  desirous                       and available to shaping




spirits   noted substantial improvement           in my work ethic                    




when I took a new name                     a new body      but




every bridge I cross     I am still loved                        into breath-holding     




taught to work hard     to exist hard     to be hard        to be




dragon blood thick      as prayer          in real time      real spirits




asking what river made me      into two bodies                        with one shadow
Terrence Abrahams

Terrence Abrahams lives and writes quietly in Toronto. His work has appeared in the Puritan, (parenthetical), Peach Mag, tenderness, yea, Witch Craft Mag, and many gendered mothers, among others.

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