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i. As a child, confronting giants.

I take the pine tree as my totem,
learn to love the nakedness of its nether-regions
and its northerly fibers stretched and waiting
for the weft to its warp.

Girlhood is still a part of me as the
learning what I am. In the end,
I haven't climbed a tree in a long time;
I am small, and scared, and ringed round with walls,
and I beg the moon to teach me
to use my pine trees as a ladder.

ii. In the way only young love can.

You, sir—
you are pine chips, and I carry you
like a fetish in my mind.

You are the first vampiric sweetness
to suck the breath from my body:
unknowing, the feeling of yearning;
I am fibrous—celery stalk,
pale and clutching my thread self together.

iii. Transmogrification.

Watch as I petrify,
stretch until my bones
will not bend to let me drink.

With age I become a god,
brittle-boned and cackling; with age
the osteoporosis will leech my fibers dry
and my pine sap blood will freeze in my chest
to keep me warm in winter.

My fingers—blue-green and spindly,
and though never-married my insides
are ringed-round with bands.
And I'll settle down with a cuppa,
tinged with the whisky my grandmother loved so much.

iv. The autumn comes to lead me home.

With no god to forgive me my ghosts,
I sink down into November brown,
and let the wood-rot take my roots.
EDIT: MEEP featured as a DLD on 12/6/2012. Thank you so much to ~SurrealCachinnation for suggesting and =SilverInkblot for featuring!

I dunno how I feel about this one. I was feeling the pine trees, but I also wanted to write something for my 100 Poem Project topic "voodoo," which I've written into a lot of poems, but which I haven't had as the main sort of "theme."

Comments appreciated!

I'd love critique on the following:
1) I'm not entirely sure about the imagery in section 3. I love the giraffe image, and I feel like I can really ONLY say what I mean with that image, but it JUST DOESN'T FIT. Thoughts?
2) How's the flow?
3) I don't normally title my sections, but it felt right, somehow, in this piece. Do they work? Do they help build the story, detract from it, or do they seem meaningless?

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LadyofGaerdon Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
:wave: Hi! Your piece has been featured as inspiration in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Seventh Allied Artwork Feature! Please :+fav: the article to bring attention to the feature. Thank you for being a part of the Alliance! :salute:
AzizrianDaoXrak Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you m'dear!
dweckie Dec 28, 2012  Student Writer
This is a really beautiful piece, very enjoyable to read (: :heart:
AzizrianDaoXrak Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, thanks :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Sammur-amat Dec 7, 2012   General Artist
There are just so many gorgeous lines! :love:
Congratulations on the DLD, darling! :clap:
AzizrianDaoXrak Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:) Thank you!
Sammur-amat Dec 8, 2012   General Artist
Of course, azi darling! :glomp:
0hgravity Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

You are the first vampiric sweetness
to suck the breath from my body:
unknowing, the feeling of yearning;
I am fibrous—celery stalk,
pale and clutching my thread self together.

--quite lovely

a nice piece all around :)
AzizrianDaoXrak Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much :)
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by =DailyLitDeviations in a news article that can be found here: [link]

Be sure to check out the other artists featured and show your support by :+fav:ing the News Article. Keep writing and keep creating.
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