The Undressing Day

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By Ada Limón

I dreamed the tangled crush of magic peels
in the wax leaves made a spell of bones
and everything bloomed big and better than
before, and beyond the barbed wire, beyond
this fence of angry fists there’s a breathing,
there’s a breathing underwater. Love
the body bending, the useless hair, the
when of the skin, the when of the wrist,
the witching, the now, the now, the insist.

Image: Lovers (detail), David LaChapelle

Originally published in: Sharks in the Rivers, Milkweed Editions, 2010.

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