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They say that the Voyagers
will outlast us for billions of years.

Before then, I whisper into
the neighborhood acacia
that my son learned to walk
in a house we don't own
and in one of the lots around here
we secretly buried our hedgehog
after he died of old age.

We too will have no place
to rest our bodies
but maybe this quiet being
can keep something of me
a touch or a breath
as a whorl
in its massive girth

to say that we were here
even when we're long gone
even when only two pieces
of metal in space
are all that's left.

Anne Carly Abad received the Poet of the Year Award in the 2017 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. She has also received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award. Her work has appeared in Apex, Mythic Delirium, and Strange Horizons, to name a few. Her first poetry collection, We've Been Here Before, is forthcoming this February 2022 with Aqueduct Press. You can preorder the book by emailing the publisher at
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26 Feb 2024

I can’t say any of this to the man next to me because he is wearing a tie
Language blasts through the malicious intentions and blows them to ash. Language rises triumphant over fangs and claws. Language, in other words, is presented as something more than a medium for communication. Language, regardless of how it is purposed, must be recognized as a weapon.
verb 4 [C] to constantly be at war, spill your blood and drink. to faint and revive yourself. to brag of your scars.
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