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Dig In

learn to become lignin
living, but stiff
the interdependent men
will talk 
over you
at you
about you
object, topic

nascent agent

put your roots down 
and pretend;

the storms are normal

your tissues will become inflamed by
the fine salt spray
of casual abrasions

you will be scarred by lightning indignities

the fight’s a grind
each quiet ring
each arthritic old limb
a lonely, lovely victory

 


Christina Shah photoChristina Shah was born in Ottawa, lives in Vancouver, and works in heavy industry. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals– including Arc, Vallum, The Fiddlehead, Grain, EVENTand PRISM international. She recently completed her first full-length poetry manuscript. On hot days, you’ll find her at a good swimming hole.


 

 

 

 


16_2 Fear CoverThis poem was originally published in Vallum issue 16:2 Fear

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