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Augur of Advent


These woods breathe a second genesis of heat & damp   a second genesis of flesh
abraded torn stung bitten burnt
cut contused & concussed
a second genesis of blood to flow into wounds   a nail shall sing & call resin to heal
when the bark & cambium is broken   a sternum of pine will rise into this trace of a seam

& I whelp with falters of a chest
hold these limbs & shake   against breath to come again   no more against water
condensed on a bag around my heart   a friction shall sing & shall mone forlain against bone

as these woods breathe a second genesis   a son to reflect father or clouter
& drip viscous streams down a branch
until his body is born from a vein of manna falling as winged seeds         & occlusions of amber.