Wild Origin

by Ruth Lehrer

When I land

my tail is a fish in air

my nose is a berry in earth

It is a shock

I wonder at the water in my mouth

and the sand in my toes

but I stand up

Why here?

I stretch and heave

and now I stand

steady, if not graceful

covering my ignorance

of the savage dinner party

before me.

Ruth Lehrer is a writer and sign language interpreter living in western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in journals such as Jubilat, DecomP, Trivia: Voices of Feminism. Her poetry chapbook, TIGER LAUGHS WHEN YOU PUSH, is available from Headmistress Press.

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