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We are entitled to our own

Definitions of the worlds

We have in common:


Earth          house          (stay)

Water         well             (carry)

Fire             stove           (tend)

Air              song             (sigh)

Ether          dream         (die)


And try out new combinations

With key words

Unlocking power:


House on fire     sing!

                  Stove under water    stay,

                  Earth filled well     die.


The spells and spellings

Of our vocabularies

Are oracular

In translation


One woman in Pagnito-an

Another in Solentiname

Still another in Harxheim

And many other women


Half the world together


Can            move their earth

Must          house their fire

Be               water to their song

Will           their dreams well.

-Marjorie Evasco

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