#OctPoWriMo – Day 9 – “In This Land”

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In This Land // by Jennifer Patino

 

In this land–

lies the beat of your very heart,

the blood of your veins in the waters,

the breath of your lungs in the air

 

In this land–

you will have to survive people hating you

as a protector of what is sacred,

as a reminder of what they tried to erase

 

In this land–

your ancestors are buried,

your feet feel the movements of their messages

in every new city you roam

 

In this land–

you will always be reminded

by the very bones you walk on

how precious a gift life truly is

 

and the cost of what it takes

to preserve all this

 

 

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