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    [post_content] => Palmfuls of chromosomes, the possibility of choices.

My hands can help and harm in a sea of choices.

 

Some chromosomes look like sycamores up close,

melting off blue-bellied trees.

Exclamation marks for many voices

branching bottomless to broadcast a plea.

 

Spectral pirouettes, speckled silhouettes, 

burning butterflies in my body,

teardrops, glaciers, empty and filled spaces.

I feel at sea,

drifting apart from every ponderous statistic,

every metamorphosis,

the optic lens seeing a thinning filigree,

 

observing heartache from a distance. 

Though footsteps root my soles downward to home, 

my soul collapses 

under reefs of little prayers,

sometimes my solitary role

of weightless grief, fragility,

 

seeking a more

compassionate connection to the planet,

learning from the way we ran it,

anchored to it as trustees —

so diagrammatic,

sycamores in our hands, blessed with the capability

to take hold of our delicate destiny.

 
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Take Hold

Zainab Ismail

Palmfuls of chromosomes, the possibility of choices.

My hands can help and harm in a sea of choices.

 

Some chromosomes look like sycamores up close,

melting off blue-bellied trees.

Exclamation marks for many voices

branching bottomless to broadcast a plea.

 

Spectral pirouettes, speckled silhouettes, 

burning butterflies in my body,

teardrops, glaciers, empty and filled spaces.

I feel at sea,

drifting apart from every ponderous statistic,

every metamorphosis,

the optic lens seeing a thinning filigree,

 

observing heartache from a distance. 

Though footsteps root my soles downward to home, 

my soul collapses 

under reefs of little prayers,

sometimes my solitary role

of weightless grief, fragility,

 

seeking a more

compassionate connection to the planet,

learning from the way we ran it,

anchored to it as trustees —

so diagrammatic,

sycamores in our hands, blessed with the capability

to take hold of our delicate destiny.