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two weeks ago i threw a stone
at the water and watched it skip three times, thinking
it will never do to grow old and content.

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somewhere beneath this river
there is a castle built from stones i've thrown,
and all of the fish are kings and queens.

they've never been asked about their royal decrees.
no one has ever wished them a happy birthday.
they reign over the kingdom of life and death, and even the river
refuses to stop and mourn them when they go.

-

one week ago i found a moss-covered stump,
and instead of crying, i counted its rings.

twenty-four.

if you were to cut me crosswise, i don't know
what you'd find. perhaps severed arteries
pouring out gold and poetry,
ancient cave paintings splashed across my vertebrae,
or the secret to immunity brewing
in the cauldron of my hips.

maybe you wouldn't find anything.
i cannot grow rings, after all,
and i am no queen.

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today, to celebrate my birthday,
i will head down to the river with a saw
slung over my shoulder and
chop down a tree.

i cannot help but think that one day you will
stumble across its stump and count its rings,
and you will ask the fish about what it's like to die
without a name.

you will find a perfect skipping stone, but
instead of throwing it, you will put it in your pocket
because you know about the fish.
you know about the trees.

you know that we grow older against our will,
and even stones that skip still have to sink.
happy birthday to me.
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neko2631 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Your writing.  I think I'm kind of in love with it.

Tonight it's a salve I very desperately needed.

Thank you for being you. 
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Themis-Kali Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
I have greatly missed coming onto deviantart to see your stories and poems. 
I have always adored your style and eerily unique ability to make one think and feel as the story wraps into itself.

In some ways your work stuns me into a stupor and in other ways it gives me hope that I too can write again because it does pull so beautifully at the pieces hidden deep that have sunk like the skipping stones.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Writer
I often go into writing-related droughts where there's not a word to work with for miles. (Excuse the poor metaphor, please.) I think the biggest thing that jump-starts my writing is reading writing from others!

Best of luck with getting your writing on track :)
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Jascuty Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love your style. Your work tell beautiful stories with meanings that make you stop and think for a bit. You are really talented, and I can't wait to see your future work :)
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estallidos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you!
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BegginerMay Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
you are perfect.
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estallidos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Writer
<333
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LadyWolfRider Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Writer
This is gorgeous 
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estallidos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks bb :)
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i-am-a-bridgewalker Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
the circling of the images here--fish, death, trees, aging--is so masterfully done.
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