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Feelings in Springtime- a sestinaThe renewal of life begins with the birth of new flowers,
buds of yellow, blue, white, and red tulips,
Lovely diamond drops scattered randomly from this morning's rain.
A favorite sight of a serene bear,
cherishing the miracle only with smell,
eyes closed, black nose nudging the delicate petals, if only for an hour.
A garden, a place of peace and love, ours.
A special spot for a rose, the rose, infant like to the other flowers.
Meek, its beauty is no match for its very own smell,
a sweet essence, provoking and embrace between two lips.
A perfume of love producing a trance where one longs to feel skin bare,
relishing love's reign.
Two lovers wrapped around one another, as rain starts to pitter-patter.
Soaked through, they stand there for an hour.
Her make-up gone, her face now bare,
in her dark hair, soft pink petals, fallen from cherry blossom flowers.
Indistinguishable where their two lips part,
fragrances of flowers, rain and his cologne, creating a glorious smell.
The birth of love
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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