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An arthritic memory
Of trees
And barebacked mates
Creep up her tendons
She shall
In a whopping
Crescendo of habit
Her hind limbs to
The splayed meanings
Of this game of Hop.

Feet shall,
Over conditioned jerks,
And falls, work,
She be swept over
By her being
That need be fed
And fetched
And tended,
An ambition
Spring up
Her forelimbs
To leap
And bound away
And regain

Illustration by Shalini



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